How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a rare liar revealed story where both parties have ulterior motives. So at least the man and woman are equally at fault. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is surprisingly based on a comic book by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long. They’ve apparently written an entire series of dating “How to’s,” but I guess this was the only one with rom-com potential. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is mostly responsible for popularizing Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the genre.
Hudson is classy women’s magazine columnist Andie Anderson and McConaughey is hunky ad executive Benjamin Barry. When Kathryn Hahn’s character experiences another breakup, Andie gets the idea to write the titular column. All she has to do is date a guy and do everything in her power to lose him in 10 days. By some crazy coincidence, Ben makes a contradictory bet to make a girl fall in love with him within 10 days in order to score a prestigious ad campaign for diamonds.
The plot is seriously far fetched, but it grew on me. At first I thought I wasn’t gonna like Andie or Ben, because they’re both manipulative, but their tactics are hilarious. Andie tries to be needy, clingy, obsessive, and bipolar, but Ben continues to stay in the relationship. They only truly start to fall in love during a weekend getaway. The more serious they got, the less funny it was. Until the bullsh*t climax where they forcibly breakup only to get together by the end. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has its moments, but it’s not the best guide to a healthy relationship.