How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) - Deluxe Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Paramount || PG13 - 115 minutes - $29.99 || August 25, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-08-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Donald Petrie
Writer(s): Michele Alexander & Jeannie Long (book); Kristen Buckley & Brian Regan and Burr Steers (screenplay)
Cast: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey


Theatrical Release Date: February 7, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

If youíve been to this site before, then you probably know that I have a soft spot for some reason for the chick flick comedies. Iím not sure why, as though I enjoy a great horror film as much as I do the romantic comedies. But I donít really care, since itís my job after all to review everything. This doesnít have a lot of meaning to it, so Iíll stop typing and get on with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, a romantic comedy that I liked a ton. Well, I guess that did fit in with what I was typing.

Andie (Kate Hudson) is a columnist for a magazine who writes about things like getting out of traffic tickets and other things that women can do that men canít. She wants to write about other things, but canít due to restrictions by her boss. She decides to write an article about how to basically, well, lose a guy in 10 days by acting as crazy, psycho, and lubby-dubby as possible. Ben (Matthew McConaughey) works for an advertising firm and wants to get a big account, and places a bet with his boss and his cronies that he can get a woman to fall in love with him in, yes you guessed it, 10 days. Ben is at a party discussing the idea, and spots Andie across the room and the two hit it off.

The two begin to date, starting with Andie accidentally leaving her purse at his place with some great basketball seats in it which Thayer (Thomas Lennon) finds by knocking over her purse to inspect the contents. From then on, Ben is completely falling for Andie, and in her heart she is too, but since they are both trying to do conflicting things to the other, they fconflict the entire time. Andie does everything she can, from ruining a poker night of Benís by calling him Mr.Sniffles to nicknaming his, well, yeah. Ben on the other hand is trying to be the perfect guy and no matter what put up with her wild and crazy antics since he has to get her to fall for him. Can the two put aside their writing and advertising goals and fall for each other for real, or will their wants overtake their feelings?

I absolutely found this movie hysterical. Hudson and McConaughey mesh so well together itís incredibly. Both are equally sarcastic and funny in their own right. Hudson is jaw-droppingly funny as the fake-crazy-psycho girlfriend and McConaughey comes out as the kind, compassionate guy that every girl longs to have. They were, dare I say, believable in every sense of the word. The supporting cast is highlighted by Lennon, who despite being in a handful of scenes only, makes his appearances known and has some funny lines throughout.

The problem for me lies in the pacing of the movie, as itís understandable that Hudson is crazy and McConaughey doesnít care and just wants her to fall for him, but too much time is spent on it. There could easily have been 15-20 minutes less of film and that would fix the really long scenes that drag on (the bash at the start, some of the crazy scenes, etc) that doesnít fit. This is still a funny comedy thatís great for both genders, as though Iíve had the... pleasure of dating someone like Hudson so I can relate. Iím sure women and men can relate too, right? RIGHT?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Donald Petrie: The director flies solo on this track, and what a disappointment that is. Petrie has a monotone voice and I found myself drifting off from time to time, and he takes a few breaks in between, but in the end he still does a decent job of pointing out some scenes (the elevator one for example) and points out some of the continuity spots you may or may not have missed.

Music Video (4 minutes): Popular country superstar Keith Urbanís (yeah, I listen to country) music video for the film, ďSomebody Like YouĒ can be seen that sports clips from the flick. The tune was catchy years ago, and still is to this day.

Deleted Scenes (9 minutes): A handful of deleted scenes and an alternate opening to the movie can be seen. The deleted scenes are funny, as the omitted scenes from the flick in my opinion should have been there. The alternate ending on the other hand can be skipped.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

How to Make a Movie in 2 Years (17 minutes): The authors of the book and other staff members of the flick talk about the influences of the book on the movie and the importance of the script in the movie. This is actually a really interesting documentary about the film if you found it enjoying like I did, so I strongly recommend watching it.

Why the Sexes Battle (5 minutes): This provides a look at, well, the battle of the genders in the world today. Various experts talk about the war that exists between the males and females of earth. Itís funny and insightful, so if you get the free time check it out.

Girls Night Out (5 minutes): The Authors of the book get another feature dedicated to them, and in this one they talk about how they donít do the stuff thatís in the book/movie. But then they ended up doing most of the stuff that was in the book, so the two are quite comical in discussing their lives.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Despite being a six-year-old movie, this one looks pretty good in its new format home. Colors are bright, but not to what Iíd like to see in a movie. They are a bit washed and not as vibrant as past catalogs and they just donít jump out like they do as well. On the contrast side, grain wasnít a problem and neither were the black levels in the movie. Itís great to know that even a movie a few years old can look this good even though the color doesnít look the appropriate level. This is still a great-looking transfer, although itís not one I would show off to my family and friends.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that accompanies the film isnít necessarily the best track Iíve heard in a while, but it certainly does get the job done. Surround use is minimal at best, and as such, is really low-key throughout the flick. Dialogue is quiet but also has ďoomphĒ to it, so in the end it works out okay. There arenít any real action sequences in the movie except near the end, but even that scene isnít worth noting. I didnít have any issues with levels not being consistent in anyway, which is great to report. This isnít a bad track, but definitely not one that comes close to being reference material.



.::OVERALL::.

Yeah I like chick flicks and I loved this one. McConaughey and Hudson have great chemistry on the big screen and Iíve enjoyed every film theyíve been in, starting with this one. Iím glad to see this movie got the great Blu-Ray treatment it deserved. The audio and video are passable, and the special features package is entertaining. This is well-worth an upgrade for DVD owners and all newcomers as well. Donít lose this one in 10 days; keep it in your collection.