How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

When a chick flick goes wrong — and this one hits a dead end in hell — it's a wipeout. Kate Hudson stars as a slick-magazine writer assigned to pick up a guy she can dump in ten days in the interest of writing about how she did it. (Hint: She gets cutesy, clingy and names his penis Princess Sophia.) Matthew McConaughey plays the guy, an ad exec who bets his boss (Robert Klein) that he can make any woman fall in love with him in ten days.

Are you believing any of this? Hudson and McConaughey rely on natural charm that is insufficient to sell this swill. And the singing duet that director Donald Petrie puts them — and us — through (the butchered song is "You're So Vain") is bad enough to kill the musicals genre that Chicago just rekindled. To quote American Idol judge Simon Cowell, the whole thing is just "appalling."

From The Archives Issue 917: March 6, 2003
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