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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 10, 2003 - 7A

'10 Days' a
delightful
Valentine
By Tara Billik
Daily Arts Writer
Yet another romantic comedy hits
the big-screen in plenty of time for
Valentine's Day. Although "How to
Lose a Guy in Ten Days" is certainly
well stocked in the comedy depart-
ment, the romance among this battle
of the sexes is in rather short supply.
The set up begins with Andie
Anderson (Kate Hudson, "Almost
Famous") as the "How-to" columnist
for a women's magazine. Despite her
desire to write on "meaningful" top-
ics, she is reduced to producing arti-
cles for Composure magazine on such

McConaughey keeps on livin'

By John Laughlin
Daily Arts Writer

Court esy

I keep gettin' older, they stay the same age.

superficialities as
make-up, dieting and
fashion. She convinces
a heartbroken friend
that there are certain
dating "no-no's"
responsible for any rela-
tionships' demise and
plans to test this
hypothesis for her next
column. The opening of
the film rings bells of a

the names of these characters weren't
enough to set up this artificial world,
Ben's boss agrees to give him the
account if he can make a certain
woman fall in love with him in ten
days. Coincidentally, Ben gets the role
of the poor chump for Andie's little
experiment and she
becomes the target for
his bet. Andie commits
* every dating faux pas
LOSE A possible to chase him
0 DAYS away, while he hangs on
with every shred of
ase and manhood he has left to
y 16 win the bet.
ount Somewhere amid all
the lying and penis

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go wrong with two of the most beauti-
ful people in Hollywood. Hudson is
charming and adorable as always. Her
Jekyll and Hyde act is completely con-
vincing as she transitions smoothly
from a clingy, man's worst nightmare,
to a sexy sports-loving dream girl.
McConaughey takes his shirt off a few
times, masters the role of a likeable
egotistical fool and takes his shirt off a
few more times. Furthermore, the
chemistry between them is brilliant.
Though the general concept is
ridiculously unrealistic, it is easy to sit
through the witty script and Donald
Petrie's comical direction. Plenty of
scenes have the audience laughing out
loud. For instance, when Andie crip-
ples Ben's manhood by referring to his
... ahem ... as Princess Sophia. Also,
Ben getting punched out at the "chick
flick" marathon is admirable for both
its self-reflexivity and hilarity.
Whether you attend the film as a
romantic comedy buff, or just a voyeur
for Hudson and McConaughey, you'll
definitely be cracking up enough to
keep from falling asleep.

From action films, to intense dramas, to romantic come-
dies, Matthew McConaughey is a man who doesn't like to
be bogged down by playing "types."
"If I've had one rule, one strategy I guess, it's to mix it
up, man. I really like doing different things. When I first
got started, I remember writing in my diary, acting's like all
the 'ologies' but I don't have to stay in class the whole
semester." In the wake of his recent release "How to Lose a
Guy in 10 Days," McConaughey spoke to The Michigan
Daily about his character and his views on relationships.
McConaughey is no stranger to the romantic comedy,
but he felt the script for his latest offered a little bit more to
male counterpart of the genre. "The guy in the romantic
comedy is sort of the foil and the guy's sort of in the mid-
dle," McConaughey said. "But this guy (Ben) has his own
ambitions - his own secrets. That kind of gave me a place
to play offense and you don't always have that in the male
role in the romantic comedy."
At one point, Ben spouts the cliche "All's fair in love and
war." When asked how true this rang for the actor himself,
McConaughey replied, "I thought about it after my last two
answers and then I was like, 'What exactly does that
mean?' I think it is pretty subjective to say what the hell
that means. I don't really prescribe to it, but I'm also not
one that's gonna' cast it on someone who does."
"How to Lose a Guy" is a type of war between the two
main characters - a virtual tug of war of the sexes. Andie
(Kate Hudson) keeps pulling and Ben just has to hang on,
Both the characters continually deceive one-another, but it
would seem the very game that each is playing is what
brings them together in the end. "They get together because
they both decide to play a game ... we all play games."
Spending time traveling in third-world countries, living
on his ranch in Texas and taking road-trips, McConaugh-
ey, like in his career, doesn't like to settle. His character
Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused" asserts, "The older
you get the more rules they are going to try and get you to
follow. You just gotta' keep on livin' man!" It would
appear as though these unscripted lines are McConaugh-

ey's creed: "That came out of my mouth at that time. And
the 'Just keep livin', that's the name of my company -
sort of my motto if I've got one. Ever since that night
when it came out, I walked away saying, 'That makes a
lot of sense McConaughey."'
McConaughey is a man who "just keeps on livin"' and
feels with his relationships, "You gotta have your own time,
whether it's even your own mind time. There's you, there's
me and there's we. I know for me, if you can't share the
same space and still be alone with yourself if you want
to be, then it's probably not going to work out."

PG-13 "Sex

jokes, ti

in the City," yet while Carrie Brad- in love
shaw would never seek out a failed other's g
relationship, Andie plans to be the tle reas
ideal girlfriend from hell. actually
Meanwhile, Benjamin Barry (Math- for the f
ew McConaughey), a good-looking fabulou
advertising employee, tries to con- laws of
vince his boss that he deserves a major transcen
account with a diamond retailer. As if As for
the michigan daily

he two are supposed to fall
While serving as each
guinea pigs, there seems lit-
on for Andie and Ben to
care for each other, except
fact that they look absolutely
s together. Nevertheless, the
romantic comedy-land still
d rationality.
r performers, you can't really

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