There is no good and proper time to fall in love. In fact, most love stories derive from the most unlikely of circumstances. When two successful, career-driven individuals set out to advance their career at the unsuspecting expense of each other, the idea of falling in love couldn’t have been further from their minds. In the Paramount Studios 2003 film, “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days”, what began as a selfish work project for a young successful man and woman, ultimately ended in the pair falling in love. Both parties are challenged to manipulate one another for their own personal gain. Throughout the film we see the interpersonal communication between the pair as they set out to achieve their goals over the course of a 10 day period. They are torn between victorious outcome of their challenge and keeping their selfish focus of their career advancement, and how they truly begin to feel about one another.
Andi Anderson (Kate Hudson) is a beautiful, young, and successful writer who maintains a “How-To” section in “Composure” magazine. Her dream is to “write about things that matter, like politics and the environment, and foreign affairs- things I’m interested in.” (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, time stamp 02:00). She knows that the only way she will eventually be able to write about subjects she’s passionate about is to be successful in writing her superficial “How-To” section in the magazine.
After watching a girlfriend’s string of unsuccessful relationships, she agrees to write an article entitled “How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days’. At the encouragement of her strong-willed boss, she sets out to date a guy, do all of the things wrong that woman do to chase men away, and dump him after 10 days. At the end of her experiment, she will complete her article and gain the respect she needs from her boss to advance in her career.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is a young, successful, confident, advertising executive who is looking to land a major advertising deal. At the taunting of his two female co-workers who are eager to see the arrogant professional fail, he makes a bet that he can make a woman of their choosing fall in love with him in 10 days, which will land him a large profitable advertising contract.
Ben (Benjamin) and Andi are at the same nightclub. Ben’s female co-workers recognize Andi in the distance and know that she is writing the article because of a chance encounter earlier that day and decide to choose her for Ben’s quest in hopes that he fails. Upon their initial encounter in the nightclub, they both set out to achieve their goal: she sets out to drive him away, and he’s determined to make her fall in love.
With each meeting and date the pair have, Andi begins to do all the things that woman mistakenly do to possibly drive a man away early on in a relationship. On their first encounter she leads him to believe she wants to sleep with him. She also invited him to a basketball game and insists he...