My mum raised me on rom-coms, so it’s no surprise that I have a certain fondness for these flicks now that I’m (slightly) older, particularly of the Julia Roberts/Reese Witherspoon/Kate Hudson variety. And, as a writer, I have a bit of a soft spot for heroines who are in a similar profession. Enter How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – it ticks all the boxes! Yes, it’s your usual boy-meets-girl, but I’ll bet ya none of the others feature a topless Matthew McConaughey, cute outfits, a genuinely LOL funny script and a female lead you want to be friends with. It’s the ultimate girly film.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey as Andie Anderson and Ben Barry (yes, those are their names!) Andie is a ‘How to’ columnist for a leading women’s lifestyle mag and Ben works in advertising. Coincidentally, the same week Andie is assigned to write about (guess what?) how to lose a guy in ten days, Ben bets his colleagues that he can make any girl fall in love with him, in order to score a big-name deal (within ten days – fancy that!)
Sure, it’s contrived, predictable and wouldn’t happen in real life in a million years, but it’s the perfect feel-good film. Hudson and McConaughey have the comedic chops to pull off the bigger scenes and the kind of sexual chemistry which makes the screen practically sizzle. The only downside is that you can’t just pull Kate’s dresses from the screen and hang them in your wardrobe!