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HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS ($30) is a perfectly enjoyable little date movie that features the kind of central characters that audiences shouldnít like, but do, despite their obvious flaws. Finding romance and love almost seems like the most elusive thing in the universe- and only seems to happen to most people when they arenít looking for it. That pretty much typifies the plot of HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS. Neither of the two leading characters in HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS are looking for love, and both have a hidden agenda that could possibly break the otherís heart. For that reason, there is the potential for audience members to dislike these characters. However, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are such charming performers that audiences will not only like their flawed character, but they will actually be rooting for ill-conceived romance to succeed.

Weíve all heard of "star crossed lovers," but the twosome of HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS would pretty much qualify as cross-purposed lovers. As the movie opens, we are introduced to writer Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), who is working at a womanís magazine where she is forced to produce fluff content. Andieís latest demeaning assignment entails committing all the classic dating mistakes made by women for an article titled- How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. Andieís victim turns out to be advertising man Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey), who has to get a woman to fall in love with him in order to win a bet and secure a big jewelry campaign. As one might expect, no matter how hard Andie tries to scare away Benjamin, he just keeps coming back for more abuse. Now since HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS isnít the first romantic comedy ever produced by Hollywood, Iíll give you three guesses what happens to these cross-purposed lovers. The cast of HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS also features Kathryn Hahn, Annie Parisse, Adam Goldberg, Thomas Lennon, Michael Michele, Shalom Harlow, Robert Klein and Bebe Neuwirth.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. Not surprisingly, this is another terrific looking transfer of a brand new movie from Paramount. The image is pretty much razor sharp and brimming with detail- like so many of the super glossy "A" productions coming out of the major studios. Colors always appear nicely saturated, yet the flesh tones always come across in a fairly natural, but always appealing manner. Blacks are perfectly rendered, as are the whites. Additionally, the image sports excellent shadow detail and a good level of dimensionality. Digital compression artifacts rarely made their presence known.

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS sports a fairly typical comedy mix, which is presented in the Dolby Digital 5.1 channel format. Fidelity-wise, everything sounds great- the incidental music and score have a great presence and sound effects are always convincing. The material is dialogue driven, so it doesnít lend itself to too many active effects, but the few that are there are well deployed. As expected, the forward soundstage tends to dominate the mix, with the rears mostly being utilized for fill. Ambient sounds do create a sense of space, which enlivens the more intimate moments, as well as those take place outdoors. Dialogue is always crisp and fully intelligible. The bass channel gets a few licks in, but really doesnít have all that much to do. An English Dolby Surround track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVDís interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the DVDís supplemental section. First up is a fairly informative running audio commentary featuring director Donald Petrie, who discusses working with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, amongst other aspects of the production. Mapping Out The Perfect Movie is a series of interviews with the cast & crew that give one a look behind-the-scenes. Mapping Out The Perfect Location is a bit on the interactive side- offering a map of New York locations for the film and why they were chosen. The Keith Urban music video for Somebody Like You is also included as are trailers for TOMB RAIDER II: THE CRADLE OF LIFE, THE CORE and the upcoming DVD release of The Indiana Jones Trilogy.

As I stated above, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS is a very enjoyable date movie that should create a few romantic sparks. As for Paramountís DVD, it looks and sounds great, so if romantic comedies are you bag, you canít go wrong by picking up this sweet little disc.



How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Widescreen Edition) (2003)


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