Volume 96, Issue 74
Tuesday, February 11, 2003

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MOVIE REVIEW: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Hudson annoys in How To Lose

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Michael Michele

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While this romantic comedy attempts to describe losing a guy, it is much more successful at losing an audience.

Magazine columnist Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) decides to practice the conventional dating don'ts for a feature about how easy it is to lose a guy in 10 days. Unfortunately, she meets up with Benjamin Barrett (Matthew McConaughey), who has bet his co-workers that he could make any girl fall in love with him in the same amount of time.

Hilarity is supposed to ensue, but, in reality, the movie is largely irritating. It's not a good sign when a romantic comedy lacks all humour and leaves the audience wanting to leave halfway through the film.

Hudson's attempts to irritate McConaughey not only drive him to distraction, but take the audience there as well. Her actions come across as too over-the-top, rather than creating an engaging parody on desperate girlfriends; this results in an overall performance that is not in the least humourous, and, instead, is annoying.

McConaughey's role as the suave, romancing advertiser stands in complete contrast to Hudson's dating disaster, but his patience is often unrealistic. While he manages to maintain his composure through most of the film, a more realistic and frustrated reaction to Hudson's character would have proven to be much funnier.

Moreover, the fact that these two characters still manage to fall in love before the end credits start rolling leads to a further lack of realism. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days cannot seem to decide what it is attempting to accomplish. The film attempts to provide some sort of a balance between a satire and a romantic comedy, but succeeds in neither form.

Overall, the movie follows the same bland conventions of most romantic comedies, injecting a lack of originality into what could have been an otherwise interesting concept. While Kate Hudson's character is not successful at losing her guy, she is overwhelmingly successful at driving away the audience for her latest film.


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