Everybody's a critic - 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'

Friday, February 14, 2003

No stars

"How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days" can be described in one word. However, I don't think I can say that word in the newspaper. So after 20 minutes of sheer boredom, I bought another ticket and caught the late showing of "The Recruit" instead. Calling it a wise investment would be an understatement.

"The Recruit" has it all, friends. Espionage and intrigue tie in well with the trust-based relationship of the two romantic leads. Colin Farrell is a very promising actor, and I can't wait for his performance in "Daredevil." Al Pacino is at the top of his game and does extremely well for a film aimed at such a young audience. Of course, you can never really count a guy like him out. So if you're opting for a movie for Valentine's Day, skip the romance fodder and see a film you'll both enjoy.

- Blake Burress, university student

Three stars

"How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days" finds Andie (Kate Hudson) doing her best to "lose" Ben (Matthew McConaughey) by doing everything women do to drive men crazy. In an effort to increase her firepower, she takes him to a "Chick Flick Marathon." There's no doubt that this film itself would fit nicely into such a marathon.

Reviewing this movie without my wife, I felt like wearing a disguise at the ticket counter, especially when the men surrounding me in line were buying tickets for the appropriately manly "The Recruit." But after settling down among all the "chicks" in the darkness of the audience, my rather low expectations were pleasantly surpassed. After the plot's initial conceit of having both Andie and Ben involved in simultaneous "bets" regarding wooing the other, a charming little film unfolds. Hudson sparkles, giving a performance that is likely to push her closer to leading-lady status.

- Bob Clubbs, high school drama/speech teacher

Two and a half stars

In "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," Kate Hudson plays Andie, a columnist who is writing a column on how to lose a guy in 10 days. Meanwhile Ben, played by Matthew McConaughey, works at an ad agency and must make a girl -- who else but Andie -- fall in love with him in 10 days to win a big account.

Both Hudson and McConaughey are likable and fun in the movie. But some of the things that Andie does to Ben truly make you cringe, such as creating pictures of their future kids. The fact that they remain together seems a little unbelievable at times. However, these unbelievable situations lead to hilarious moments which easily allow you to forget the absurdity of the situation.

In the end, whether or not you like this movie will depend on whether you like romantic comedies, and I have to say I love romantic comedies.

- Saira Khan, university student

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