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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days gives a big push as a winning romantic comedy to give many couples laughs as Valentine's Day approaches.  With hunkish Matthew McConaughey and the silky blonde hairdo sported by Kate Hudson there would seem to be ample charm on hand.  But the new film by Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality) turn's out like a diamond in the rough that is never polished.

Petrie, to his credit, works admirably with his crew to give the Big Apple some glimmer, assisted with a flavorful pop soundtrack to enhance the mood that comes from three screenwriter interpretation of the titular self-help book.

For this kind of film, a more challenging premise is presented for Hudson's Andie Anderson and McConaughey's Benjamin Barry.  The how-to-writer of "Composure" magazine is give a job-preservation assignment by her editor, a chicly, stringent Bebe Neuwirth, who happens to be in advertising sales.  She has to date a guy, get him to fall for her and dump him in 10 days.  But, at about the same time, Ben makes a deal with his boss (Robert Klein) that in 10 days he can have a woman fall in love with him.  The reward for the advertising executive is landing a diamond account.

But, up until the climax which concerns Ben's big business venture, the playing by heart and will is too driven by trite fashions in dating.  Even late in the game, Andie and Ben act inappropriate given what they have gone through to get what they want.  How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days goes to fantastic extremes to try to make something significant other than how to make the game of love far fetching.

 
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