Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson
Director: Donald Petrie
IN How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is a confirmed bachelor with a big ego.
He believes that he can make any woman fall in love with him. His female work colleagues challenge him to prove it to them within 10 days.
Unbeknown to him journalist Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is commissioned to write a piece for her magazine about all the things women do wrong in romantic relationships. Her mates challenge her to find a guy and lose him in 10 days.
Guess what? One night in a NYC bar, Ben and Andie find each other.
For most of the time How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is fun, just plain, silly fun.
Any comedy that can keep us laughing for most of its screen time has got the goods, and while this film runs out of puff towards the end when it tries to set right all the wrongs it has exposed, it does what it intended to do for most of its 116 minutes.
One of this film’s endearing charms is that it’s equally sexist, but the battle between sexes here is exploitative on both sides, so there is something in it to offend just about everyone. The satirical humour trades on holding a magnifying glass up to our worst behaviours so we can have a good look at them.
Matinee idol Matthew McConaughey is perfect as Benjamin Barry, while Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson puts in a physically comic performance worthy of Goldie Hawn.
In recent years, director Donald Petrie has made My Favourite Martian, which bombed, and Miss Congeniality, which was a surprise box-office hit.
If this film’s success in the USA is any indication, Mr Petrie has another hit on his hands.