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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days



Battle of the sexes romcom with mature content.
  • Review Date: May 14, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

What parents need to know

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."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking, drunkenness; lots of drinking references.

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 7, 2003
DVD release date:July 1, 2003
Cast:Adam Goldberg, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey
Director:Donald Petrie
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sex-related material

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Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2009

great cheer up film

great movie. i am 11 and loved it to death
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 two great sides of women: the woman who wants to succeed, and the woman who wants to have fun. Her character, an author of a column in a fashion magazine, wants to write about relevent, world topics while she is forced to write about fashion how-to's. This is her story of having fun with a guy for a column who hopes to dump him in two weeks but falls head-over-heels in love with him. It's funny, cute, and very appropriate. There were two scenes that might be a little bit embarassing to watch with your parents if you aren't comfortable with slight sexual conduct, but it was clean and nothing was shown that wouldn't normally be seen.
Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2009

No kids at all! even i am 2 young!

No kids! too much sex for kids to handle!
What other families should know
Too much sex


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