Ok…I get that Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) has a bet that he must make a girl, specifically Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), who works for a magazine called Composure as the “How to…” woman, fall in love with him in 10 days. And somehow his boss is going along with it. But what is much more interesting is the actual premise of Andi’s so called “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” article. What? What in the world is that really supposed to mean?
And before you go, SingleGal, are you not watching the movie close enough? Duh, I am SingleGal, I have seen this movie a billion times, I own it, I still watch it when it comes on on Bravo/TBS/E!…I know it! What I really mean is, let’s actually think about Andi’s article if she hadn’t gone to that bar that evening, and the bitchy supermodel ad executives hadn’t spotted her and made the bet with Ben.
Let’s imagine Andi had met Random Dude for her article and did everything exactly the same. Acted interested and “dangled the bait” the first night, and then pulled the crazy act. The guy wouldn’t have called her back, right? The only reason 10 days actually happen is because in the scenario of the movie, both Andi and Ben magically are involved in some 10 day bets/work assignments (I make bets for promotions at work all the time!).
Andi originally gets the assignment because her sad single friend, Michelle (played gloriously by Kathryn Hahn) has been “broken up with” after acting crazy (if it can even be called a break up).
Oh, Mike and l had such a connection. The first time that we had sex…it was so beautiful…l cried.”
“You mean, like, one glistening tear on your cheek, right?”
“No. l was really emotional.l even told him that l loved him.”
“After how many days?”
“Five.Two. lt was how l felt. l wanted to express myself.”
“Okay, well, what did he say?”
“Oh, Mike didn’t have to say anything. l know that he felt the same. But then he started getting really busy, and l didn’t know where he was. So l kept calling him and calling him. He was never home…”
And that’s some realness there! Too bad the actual real girl is the crazy sidekick friend. But come on, how many of you ladies has this happened too? I know that I have had guys totally go all AWOL on me and made me feel insane. Of course any guy would stop calling a girl after she cried during sex, and followed that up by saying she loved him…after two days! But we all either have done something like this girl or know someone who has.
The problem with the entire “article” premise of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days though is if she was just dating Random Dude not in a bet, she only would have gotten one day of crazy with him, possibly just even a minute. No matter how hard Andi tries, and no matter how irresistible she thinks she might be underneath the crazy act, you show a dude a scrapbook of your FUTURE (including your future wedding, honeymoon, and children), he is kicking you out of his apartment, no matter how hot you are. Well, he might sleep with you first and then never call you again.
So what I have to say to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is (especially poignant for all you that know the movie) is: BULLSHIT. Do any of these things- baby talk, naming a penis Princess Sophia, crashing guys night, having his landlord make you a key, call his mother without his permission- and you will lose a guy in far sooner than 10 days. More like 10 seconds.