How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

February 7th, 2003


How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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(Left to right) Kathryn Hahn as Michelle, Kate Hudson as Andie and Annie Parisse as Jeannie Still of Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysKate Hudson and Chris Robinson at event of How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysKate Hudson and Donald Petrie in How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysBebe Neuwirth as Lana and Kathryn Hahn as Michelle Still of Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.1/10 (54,919 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Donald Petrie

Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive competing with two female co-workers for a major campaign for a diamond merchant. He cuts a deal with his competitors that the account is his if he can make a woman of their choice fall in love with him in 10 days. In comes Andie Anderson who, in turn, is writing a story on how to lose a guy in 10 days as a bet with her boss to be allowed to write more substantial stories. With a hidden agenda in each camp, will either party be able to complete their mission?

Writers: Michele Alexander, Jeannie Long

Kate Hudson - Andie Anderson
Matthew McConaughey - Ben Barry
Kathryn Hahn - Michelle Rueben
Annie Parisse - Jeannie
Adam Goldberg - Tony
Thomas Lennon - Thayer
Michael Michele - Judy Spears
Shalom Harlow - Judy Green
Robert Klein - Phillip Warren
Bebe Neuwirth - Lana Jong
Samantha Quan - Lori
Justin Peroff - Mike
Celia Weston - Glenda
James Murtaugh - Jack
Archie MacGregor - Uncle Arnold

Taglines: One of them is lying. So is the other.


Official Website: Paramount |

Release Date: 7 February 2003

Filming Locations: Ayr, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $23,774,850 (USA) (9 February 2003) (2923 Screens)

Gross: $177,085,826 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The name, style and content of Composure Magazine all make it a dead ringer for Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Continuity: Andie's hair changes from very wavy/curly to nearly straight between shots in the bathroom.

[first lines]
Jeannie Ashcroft: [reading] "And only then will the people of Tajikistan know true and lasting peace." Andie, it's brilliant. It's really moving. But it's never going to appear in Composure Magazine.

User Review

A film not worthy of all these bad on and I'll explain.


So its fluffy and predictable. It's unrealistic and sickly sweet. Who cares...this film pretends to be nothing more than what it is intended to be. Light romantic comedy.

Since stars like Cary Grant, Kathrine Hepburn and Irene Dunne, lit up our cinema screens in the 1930's with films like The Awful Truth, Bringing up Baby and My Favorite Wife, Hollywood and of course the movie going public have reserved a special place in their hearts for RomComs, screwballs and battle of the sexes comedies.

Identical plots, Identical jokes but none the less jokes and plots that will never go out of style and will always be relevant in any age or location, whether it be New York of the 30's or New York in the present day.

Hollywood has always worked on the basis that they stick to what has been tried and tested and has proved to work, that is why with a small plot change and a rehash of old jokes and situations they are able to reinvent their movies for a new generation of film buffs. It was through this formula that Doris Day and friends were able to continue RomCom history throughout the 60's and every one of them box office winners.

A recent example of this would be Down With Love starring Ewan McGregor and Rene Zelwegger. Who could not see plot comparisons to Pillow Talk or Lover Come Back? Yet it did not make this film any less enjoyable. Our entertainment lies in seeing our actors of the day fill the roles of the great actors of yesterday and how the scripts and jokes are adapted and told within a backdrop of 21st century life etc.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson made this film with impeccable comic timing and enjoyable performances. Of course with Goldie Hawn for a mother, Hudson comes straight from comic stock so I would have been disappointed if she failed to meet the challenge but she didn't. Some of her facial expressions and mannerisms almost had me convinced I was watching an old episode of "Laugh In"

McConaughey also held his own and proved himself to be a gifted comic as he did in the Wedding Planner.

This plot seemed quite original and as a battle of the sexes comedy, they seldom come as good as this. Again the formula was followed and we were under no illusion on what the final outcome would be, but their journey to this ultimate destination is what we find entertaining.

This type of film has been popular for seventy plus years and their simularities are what makes them so. Instead of slamming some of the predecessors and appreciate their origins.

Be thankful they are still making these types of movies today as in an era which is threatening to be devoured by action thrillers, fantasy adventure and shoot 'em ups this seems to be the only diversity left in motion pictures.


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