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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Battle-of-the-sexes romcom has language, sexual references.

Movie PG-13 2003 115 minutes
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Movie Poster: Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey stand, back to back

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How to lose a guy in 10 days

In this movie, Andie, who is an author for a women’s magazine, is assigned a story to write. This story is about how girls can lose a guy in ten days. She will find a guy to date and do all of the things that women do that drive men away. On the other hand, Ben accepts a bet that he can make any woman fall in love with him in ten days. They choose each other without knowing their ulterior motives. Despite how much they drove each other crazy throughout the ten days, by the end of the week they fall in love and reveal their truth. This movie involves lying and dishonesty in many different situations. However, it says in the Bible found in Exodus 20:16, “you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” While they are dating for ten days, they are both lying and not being truthful to each other, creating an unstable foundation when Mark 7: 24-27 says to build your foundation on a rock. Both Andie and Ben learn quickly of their guilt for betraying each other, which can be a lesson learned from viewers. This movie portrays an individualistic worldview because both Ben and Andie are focused on themselves and advancing their careers at the expense of each other's feelings.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Hudson and McConaughey go for a Doris Day/Rock Hudson-style battle of the sexes in this romantic comedy, but their deceptive behavior irritates more than charms most of the time. But How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days does have some clever jabs, and there are likable moments for the characters, too.

A lot of the things Andie does feel like binary, stereotypical examples of "female behavior." But we also see how well-suited Andie and Ben are for each other when they're being themselves, which helps viewers root for the couple on some level. The film is far from groundbreaking and feels behind the times, even for its 2003 release, but solid performances and familiar territory make it an easy watch.

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