Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
If you love pink, you will love the cover and the menu for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I know this is a romantic comedy, and a “chick flick,” but come on. If they really want guys to watch these movies with their dates, they need to at least make it so that if the guy is sent to the movie store by himself, he doesn’t have issues with picking up the movie if he is alone. Of course, for many of us who are secure with our masculinity (and married) this type of thing doesn’t really matter, but a blue or green background would not have hurt this cover.
- Commentary By Director Donald Petrie – The commentary by Director Donald Petrie is kind of a straight forward look at the making of the movie. It is pretty dry in my opinion, and I am not sure that I loved it. There just is not much here that needs to be dissected in my opinion, and it is just a bit plain overall.
- How To Make A Movie In 2 Years – This extra is a 17 minute long piece with the authors of the book that this movie was based on. They go into detail about how they came home one night after being out on the town and sat down with food in hand and hashed out this book, which ended up being sold as a self-help book, even though it was more a comedic statement. They also talk about how they transitioned into making this a movie.
- Why The Sexes Battle – This feature goes a bit into why the different sexes act they way that they do. With psychiatrists explaining the science behind the differences, this 5 minute extra is a bit strange, but decent.
- Girls Night Out – In this rather short, rather bizarre bit, the authors of the book are again featured discussing which of the rules of the book that they have broken while dating.
- Music Video – “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban is included in on the disc. Not much else to say here.
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Directors Commentary – There are several deleted scenes included that did not add much to the movie. You have the option of whether you want them to include commentary from Director Donald Petrie.
The Movie: 7/10
This is one of those chick flicks that seems to be a bit paint by numbers, follow the formula scenarios, which normally is a bad thing. The fact that this features Kate Hudson (you just can’t help but like her) and Matthew McConaughey (a highly underrated actor in my opinion) saves this from being a run of the mill comedy. I am not by any means saying this is a great movie, but the chemistry between these two is alluring, and it makes this normally ignorable movie watchable.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a movie about Andie (Kate Hudson), who is a feature writer for Composure, a woman’s magazine. Andie is told to research and write a story where she picks up a great guy, and then proceeds to commit all of the relationship fouls that would drive this guy away, in 10 days or less. The rules include such outlandish things as moving make-up and hygiene products into his bathroom, and hanging around on poker night. This seems like an easy thing to do, but unfortunately for Andie, her target Ben (McConaughey) is an advertising executive, who wants to land a huge client. Ben ends up betting his boss that he can get a random female to fall in love with him in 10 days.
And there you have it. From the overly bizarre story line, this could have been a very dull movie. And even so, the story really goes exactly how you would expect it to, with humorous supporting actors thrown in for good measure. There is no real twist here, but it is still a very decent movie. The acting and the flow of the movie is pretty fun to watch, and overall it just kind of rolls along, and is enjoyable.
There are some funny side characters, with appearances from Robert Klein, Bebe Neuwirth, Adam Goldberg, and Thomas Lennon (who is becoming one of my favorite comedic goofballs). The humor is pretty straight forward, but nonetheless funny, and the story, while predictable, at least is not overly complicated. There are stretches of the film that can get a bit overdone, but there is enough here to like that it doesn’t seem like the movie drags on at all.
I still don’t think that this is a great movie, but it is good for what it is, and as far as Hudson and McConaughey, this is not nearly as good as Fool’s Gold, which was made after this, and is a better experience. Still I have to say that How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is slightly above average simply due to the acting performances. Now if they could just lose the pink color on the cover and menus, things would be great.
Audio & Video: 7/10
The audio and video for this movie are really respectable. Like most Blu-rays, both are surprisingly sharp and clear, and while this is not a super stellar home theater experience, it works very well for this type of movie. I am so used to reviewing romantic comedies now that I have to say they all seem very similar in presentation of audio and video.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, and the transfer is solid, with only a little bit of a filtered down feel in some scenes. The audio is Dolby TrueHD, in 5.1 Surround Sound, and it is great for what it is, with nice use of the rear speakers and ambient noise throughout.
There is not much here to keep you coming back, and if you have seen this movie (it made decent money at the box office, so many people must have seen this before), there really is no need to buy this on Blu-ray. If you are a big romantic comedy fan, then go ahead, but otherwise one view is probably enough.
Overall Score 6/10