How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Cast
Andie: Kate Hudson
Ben: Matthew McConaughey
Tony: Adam Goldberg
Spears: Michael Michele
Green: Shalom Harlow
Lana Jong: Bebe Neuwirth
Phillip Warren: Robert Klein

Paramount Pictures presents a film directed by Donald Petrie. Written by Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan and Burr Steers, based on the book by Michelle Alexander and Jeannie Long. Rated PG-13 (sexual innuendo and content) . Running time: 112 minutes.

Central Theme
Getting to the really good stuff in a relationship takes more time, energy and patience than most young adults are willing to invest, but if you hang on beyond the quirkiness you may find your soul mate after all.

Story
Goldie Hawn lives on in the life of her daughter, actress Kate Hudson, in this artistically forgettable film. Andie is a “how-to” feature writer for a woman’s magazine. After observing a co-worker regularly scaring guys off early in the dating relationship, she gets the bright idea to write a column on how to lose a guy in 10 days.

Meanwhile, advertising account executive Ben wants to pitch a new “diamond” account but is viewed as an expert on getting inside a guys head, but as lacking the ability to understand women, the target market for diamond purchase. He gets the bright idea of proving he can get a woman to love him by the date of the “pitch party” for the diamond account¢â‚¬¦only ten days away.

Andie and Ben have the misfortune of choosing each other and with their devious aims in hand they set about to prove their point. He wants to keep her, she wants to lose him and both are stubborn and tenacious in their pursuit of their private goal. Predictably, somewhere along the way each finds a relationship with the other more important than their original superficial purpose and both find themselves changing as a result.

Along the way we see Andie displaying the cloying, annoying traits of the over-eager date, and uncharacteristically we see Ben ¢â‚¬Ëœhanging in” for the sake of the relationship, and the diamond account.

A light, fluffy storyline is unintentionally laden with a sad commentary on the superficiality of a ¢â‚¬Ëœsleep together” early and then end-the-relationship syndrome common among today’s young adults. Even though Andie and Ben don’t sleep together we get the sense that it is only because of their specific pre-determined goals for the relationship. Nicknaming his penis ¢â‚¬ËœPrincess Sophia’ and allowing her miniature dog to pee on his pool table are considered humorous acts in a movie that in parodying today’s version of romance, reveals more about how degrading and inane romance has become than the movie intends.

Beliefs num
–Men and women on the prowl are superficial.
–Most young men and women are on the prowl.
–Stereotypically, women want a relationship and men want sex.
–Stereotypically, women want a commitment and men want freedom.
–If you give a relationship a little time you may discover the gem hidden beneath the superficiality.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do men and women want something different from a dating relationship?
–Are women more likely than men to be the overeager pursuer?
–How does having sex early in a relationship complicate matters?
–Is sex still considered an intimate act reserved for a serious relationship (traditionally marriage) or is it just part of the expected cycle of events in the dating process?

Provocative Quotes byline
–One of them is lying. So is the other.
==Movie poster.
–I start by dating a guy, and then drive him away doing everything girls do wrong in a relationship
==Andie to friends.
–I can sell myself to any woman.
==Ben.
–Oh, you are already falling in love with me.
==Ben to himself looking down at Andie from his balcony as she leaves after their first date.
–I’m going to make you wish you were dead.
==Andie, under breath, looking up at Ben on the balcony.
–Call him in the middle of the night and tell him what you ate all day.
==Idea on how to irritate Ben.
–A diamond is not a one-night stand. A diamond is a long-term commitment.
==Ben on why not to sleep with Andie on the first date.
–A woman’s purse is her secret source of power.
==Guys at the agency after finding Andie’s purse.
–You are 100 times more beautiful than 100 roses.
==Ben sends flowers after first date.
–She’s like a crack-enhanced Kathy Lee Gifford. A one-woman homage to the Exorcist.
==Ben about Andie.
–Why would I hit on another woman? You’ve got more than enough personalities to keep my busy full time.
==Ben to Andie
–You are the first girl he ever brought home. Don’t you break his heart now.
==Ben’s mom at the family home.
–My boyfriend thinks I’m fat. I can¢â‚¬Ëœt eat in front of you!
==Andie causing a scene in a restaurant.
–Where is the sexy, cool, fun, smart, beautiful lady that I knew?
==Ben after Andie’s attempts to lose him.
–I can’t write this article, I’ve gotten to know this guy.
==Andie to editor wanting out of the assignment.
–Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star. I neglected to review’s version of the Witness Protection Program. If I were taken off the movie beat and assigned to cover the interior design of bowling alleys, I would have some idea of how they must have felt as they made this film.
==Roger Ebert review.

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