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Tonight, I'll hook a guy.
Tomorrow, pull the switch.
Before the ten days are up,
I'm going to have this guy running for his life.

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 things in the universe- and only seems to happen to most people when they arenít looking for them. 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 the audience 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 their 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 Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. This is a really nice 1080p presentation that makes the most of the bright and glossy photographic style employed for this romantic comedy. The image is silky and generally quite sharp; however, the cinematography does have the tendency to employ diffusion lenses, which does soften things up a bit. Despite the diffusion, there is still a lot of fine detail in the picture, which is evidenced by things such as individual hairs remaining clearly discernable. Colors are pretty vibrant and the flesh tones are always appealing. Blacks are inky, whites are crisp and contrast is smooth. Shadow detail is just fine, as the material doesnít make excessive demands in this area anyway. The elements from which HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS have been transferred appear relatively free from blemishes. There is a mild veneer of grain throughout the course of the presentation, which helps maintain an organic quality.

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. As expected, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy mix. The sound is pleasant, but un-involving, with most of the sound localized front and center. Sure, the outlying channels do occasionally engage for active sound effect placement, but there is very little going on. Environmental sounds, general ambience and musical fill comprise much of what one hears coming from the outlying channels. Thanks to the lossless encode, the musical component sounds quite nice, while the sound effects come across in a realistic fashion. As for the bass channel, it does little more than keeping the sound grounded. Dialogue is crisp and is always easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Donald Petrie. Featurettes and other programs include the following: How To Make A Movie In 2 Years (fifteen minutes), Why The Sexes Battle (five minutes) and Girls Night Out (fifteen minutes). The Keith Urban Music Video for Somebody Like You is also included as are Deleted Scenes with optional director commentary.

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. The Blu-ray is really nice and offers the best possible rendering of the filmís romanticized cinematography style.



How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days [Blu-ray] (2003)


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