HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
Review by Chastity Campbell
Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey
Director: Donald Petrie
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Features: See Review
Length: 115 Minutes
Release Date: August 18, 2009
ďDoes Princess Sofia want to
come out and play? Letís see...big or small, big or smallÖĒ
ďPrincess Sofia? How about
Spike, or Butch, or Krull the Warrior King?Ē
One of the hardest things to do in life is find someone
that you can love, and who loves you in return.
Having a relationship with someone is hard work, and can put you through
more ups and downs than an amusement park roller coaster.
There has to be trust, honesty, and above all else, you have to be
willing to say Iím sorry and mean it.
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days is a love story that
breaks every one of those rules but in the end finds a way to make things right
Meet Andie Anderson, a column writer for Composure
Magazine. Andie has a gift for
being able to take any topic and turn it into a how-to column.
Andie dreams of one day being a political journalist, but until that
time, sheíll have to make herself content with telling women how to do
everything from losing 10 lbs in a week to picking the perfect eye liner.
Enter Benjamin Barry, a very eligible and sought after
Advertising Executive who is every womanís dream (according to him) and has a
career that is on the fast track.
Now what do you suppose will happen when Andie decides to
write a column on How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, and Benjamin makes a high
stakes bet that he can make any woman his co-workers choose fall in love with
him in ten days? When his
co-workers choose Andie, and Andie picks him for her column, a whole lot of
funny, thatís what!
Pairing up Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson was quite
frankly one of the best Hollywood combos Iíve seen in a while.
All too often you get people put together who look good but donít
connect, or connect but donít look good.
Hollywood is selling an illusion in movie form and if we, the movie going
public ,sense any kind of disconnection between the actors, then sorry man, but
Iím not buying. That is not the case with this film, because right from
the start youíve got the sexy, playboy smile of McConaughey combined with the
energetic and equally sexy Hudson, which creates a very likeable couple.
I got to see this flick in theatres when it first came out,
and it was only the second time I had seen Kate Hudson on the big screen.
When Almost Famous came out, I trekked to the theatres to see it.
I totally expected her to be nothing more than a Hollywood actorís kid,
riding the coat tails of her famous mother. (For anyone who has not yet made the
connection, Kate Hudson is the daughter of Hollywood honey Goldie Hawn.)
She has really surprised me with her performances in Almost Famous,
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, and the recently release Alex &
Emma, where she stars alongside Luke Wilson.
Each character is molded around her own persona to become individual
entities. She doesnít seem to be a repetitive kind of actress,
and it doesnít hurt that you can see a little bit of her mother in her.
What is there that I can say about Matthew McConaughey that
people (women more respectively) all around the world donít already know?
Heís a great actor with a wonderful talent for making each role he
takes stand out. He is smart, sexy,
and definitely, at the top of his game.
Pairing him with Hudson as I said before was a very good thing.
The dialogue in this movie was very well written.
Each character was able to put a little bit of him/herself into the role,
and make it their own, and still maintaining the high quality of the script.
I really like the way each of the secondary characters and supporting
cast play off of each other, with rapid fire, quick-witted jargon.
The director for this flick, Donald Petrie is no stranger
to comedies. He was the man working
the strings behind Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, a movie that I
purchased on day one of its release and have recommended to everyone I know.
Petrie has the ability to flesh out each scene in a way so nothing is
sacrificed, and yet everything is made simple.
From his up close and personal camera angles, to his wide sweeping motion
shooting, he can tell a story without any dialogue at all.
Thatís a trick some directors could learn a thing or two about.
Packed with plenty of features, and bursting with
personality, this disc is a must have. You canít call it a chick flick because it gives equal
time to each of the opposite sexes. So
pick it up and give it a spin, just be careful, all the laughing youíll do
might make ya dizzy!
This DVD is presented in a 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
format that was without a doubt one of the best Iíve seen this year.
I really enjoyed the clean and crisp look to each of the images.
About 98% of the time, colors were crisp and vivid, almost bursting off
the screen. There were however, a
few places throughout the disc where the tone in the coloring seemed a little
flat. It wasnít anything that
detracted from the over all experience but things that are noticed must be
The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround on this disc was a blend of
very good and just good.
When I review the audio on a disc, one of the things I watch for is if I have to go up and down with my audio button. The features were really constant, and I didnít notice any dips or fluctuations when going from one to the other. When I watched the movie I had to kick things up a notch, or two, ok three. It was the only audible flaw that I noticed, so overall, this discís audio was pretty awesome. I have to give it high marks, because this is one really well put together disc.
It feels like forever since I have reviewed a disc with a
hefty list of features, but this disc weighs in and tips the scales where the
extras are concerned.
Commentary by Director Donald Petrie gives you a good look
at the thought and effort that went into make this wonderful movie.
We get to find out key decisions for keeping and cutting some scenes as
well as information about working with both Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.
Three new featurettes, "How to Make a Movie in Years", "Why the Sexes Battle" and "Girls Night Out" go a little further into the creation of the film. Rounding out are a music video for ďSomebody Like YouĒ by Keith Urban, as well as five scenes that were deleted from the movie. You can watch these scenes with or without director Donald Petrieís comments.