Box art for How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days

How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days

comedy, romance


Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    42%
  • Audience Score
    78%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Battle of the sexes romcom with mature content.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very mature material for a PG-13, including explicit and graphic sexual references and situations. There are references to impotence, orgasms, sex between people who do not know each other very well, and the appropriate name to give to genitals. Characters drink and smoke. Drinking to the point of drunkenness is portrayed as a way to handle unhappiness. There is also very strong language for a PG-13, including continuous use through one long scene of the word "bulls--t" in a card game. Most important, this is a movie in which the characters lie to each other and manipulate each other and make no effort to tell each other the truth, even after they have become very close.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how men and women may have different communication styles. And they should talk about bets that may hurt someone's feelings. What negative male and female stereotypes did you see here?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Resorts to the kinds of cliches that were so yesterday two weeks ago.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, February 7, 2003

Rotten: This is a movie that never aspires to be anything more than dimwitted fun, then falls on its aspirations.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Friday, February 7, 2003

Rotten: After a frothy start, How to Lose (an apt abbreviation) becomes a one-joke comedy of slapstick suffering.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, February 7, 2003

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Great movie about finding your true love :) Matthew & Kate were great in this movie :) One of my favorite movies that I love to quote :) Love the love fern :) Don't forget to frost yourself :) :) :)

- movieguru12, Sunday, April 24, 2011

0 star

...or how to lose the will to live in ten minutes! A horrible clichd romance film about two very 2 dimensional and quite hateful beautiful people who fall in love unconvincingly! Calling it a chick flick is an insult to women! Stick knives in your eyes before watching!

- SirPant, Thursday, October 1, 2009

3 stars

A decent comedy as a girl tries to prove any girl can get a guy to ditch her, while the guy is out to prove he can get anyone to fall in love with him in 10 days. A few funny moments about the do's and don'ts of dating.

- Deano78, Tuesday, August 25, 2009