How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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Battle of the sexes romcom with mature content.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 115 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Deceptive behavior, and numerous negative female and male stereotypes -- meant for laughs but will be offensive to many.


One punch in the face.


Plenty of sex talk and sexual behavior. The couple follow each other into the shower for implied sex, kiss passionately, visit a couples/sex therapist, and talk about the name of his penis. Plenty of sexualized magazine headlines shown and near-naked women posing in sportswear.


Many instances of "s--t" especially, plus "pisser," "ass," "freaking," and more. They play the card game named "Bulls--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking, drunkenness; lots of drinking references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very mature material for a PG-13, including explicit and graphic sexual references and situations. There are references to impotence, orgasms, sex between people who do not know each other very well, and the appropriate name to give to genitals. Characters drink and smoke. Drinking to the point of drunkenness is portrayed as a way to handle unhappiness. There is also very strong language for a PG-13, including continuous use through one long scene of the word "bulls--t" in a card game. Most important, this is a movie in which the characters lie to each other and manipulate each other and make no effort to tell each other the truth, even after they have become very close.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byannieh16 April 9, 2008


This movie was excellent. My parents thought it was cute, but it definitly is geared towards the 26 & under crowd. Kate Hudson's character shows tw... Continue reading
Adult Written bydvdgirl November 27, 2019


The ending when he chases her on his moter bike and she’s in the cab cute movie.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymgn May 24, 2017

Great Rom Com for Older Audience

If you're looking for a good movie to watch, this one is fantastic (It's one of my favorites). If you're looking for something for a younger audi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCool Kidz. April 9, 2021

Kept us laughing all the way! Don't pay attention to the 11 yo who thinks this is too sexy, bc he watched it alone.

Little kids shouldn't watch this movie alone, but they can watch it with you. There are few kisses, and they mention "sex" once or twice. Light d... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hudson plays Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), who writes the "how to" column for a popular young women's magazine. The adventure begins when Andie is assigned to pick up a guy and make every mistake women make to drive men away, to get him to dump her in ten days. Enter high-energy ad salesman Ben (Matthew McConaughey), who will win a huge new account if he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. Aware of Andie's assignment, his rivals pick her as the subject. Andie does her best, taking Ben to a chick flick festival and marking his apartment with her things. Even worse, she befriends his mother, crashes his poker night, gives part of his anatomy a counter-productive name, and makes him pay for couple's therapy. Yet it isn't just the bet that keeps Ben going. It's his sense that somewhere inside this crazy behavior is a girl he really wants to get close to.

Is it any good?

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. The movie does have some clever jabs at the war between the sexes.

Andie's glee at torturing Ben is softened because what men see as being clingy and possessive, women see as affectionate and caring. We see this contrast in the way Andie and Ben treat (and are treated by) their friends. And we suspect that it is good for Ben to have to stick it out a little bit with a woman for a change. But we also see how truly right Andie and Ben are for each other and how crazy they are about each other right from the beginning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how men and women may have different communication styles. And they should talk about bets that may hurt someone's feelings. What negative male and female stereotypes did you see here?

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