How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Lately I have been surprised at the amount of romantic comedies which litter my house. Honestly, it is like one day I thought my home was likes any other abode and then the next I am within this alternate universe where there is nothing but comedies about improbable romances. In any case from all the recent watching of such movies I have become quite sure that the events depicted within are never going to happen to me; the plot of “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” pretty much confirms that.

Like any other romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” involves two people being brought together unexpectedly and falling madly in love. Only this time the unexpected event comes in the form of quite expected, even planned, events. Meet Andie: she is a journalist for Composure magazine, a female publication dedicated to all the hard-hitting dating advice one expects from the genre. Once you’ve met Andie meet Benjamin: a advertisement agent determined to secure his place in the corporate hierarchy.

The two are quite different but quite alike as well. They are witty, smart, and interested in worldly affairs. But most of all they both accept bets to take their latest partners on a helluva mind trip which neither will soon forget: Andie vows to lose a guy in ten days, so as to write an article, while Ben vows to make a woman fall in love with him, so as to secure the lead on a new ad campaign.

As one might expect melodrama galore ensues. Andie does her best to drive Ben away while Ben tries his best to endure the nonstop humiliation bestowed upon him by Andie. Comedic hijinks ensue and lots of laughs are to be burst. The typical jokes are found: penile size, sex, gay, slutty, etc. Nothing revolutionary but nothing incredibly stale either. In all a decent opus concerning two individuals who are just begging to see a shrink.

All is right with the film; nothing substantial to complain about. So while thankfully I will never meet a guy who plays with my heart just to nab a spot in his high-powered ad agency, I can take solace in the fact that despite this “horrible” realization on my part there will still be a dozen more romantic comedies nearly exactly like this one in the years to come (cheers!).


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