Benjamin Barry 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.

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writers:

Michele Alexander (book), Jeannie Long (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Hudson ... Andie
Matthew McConaughey ... Ben
Kathryn Hahn ... Michelle
Annie Parisse ... Jeannie
Adam Goldberg ... Tony
Thomas Lennon ... Thayer
Michael Michele ... Spears
Shalom Harlow ... Green
Robert Klein ... Phillip Warren
Bebe Neuwirth ... Lana Jong
Samantha Quan ... Lori
Justin Peroff Justin Peroff ... Mike
Celia Weston ... Glenda
James Murtaugh ... Jack
Archie MacGregor ... Uncle Arnold
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Storyline

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive competing with two female co-workers for a major campaign for a diamond merchant. He cuts a deal with his competitors that the account is his if he can make a woman of their choice fall in love with him in 10 days. In comes Andie Anderson who, in turn, is writing a story on how to lose a guy in 10 days as a bet with her boss to be allowed to write more substantial stories. With a hidden agenda in each camp, will either party be able to complete their mission? Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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One of them is lying. So is the other.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The filmmakers used a loft in SoHo New York City, NY for Ben's apartment. See more »

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As Ben comes out to join the bullshit game with Joey Jr. in his arms there is a yellow baby blanket around the baby. As he hands him off to Joey, however, the blanket disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeannie Ashcroft: [reading] "And only then will the people of Tajikistan know true and lasting peace." Andie, it's brilliant. It's really moving. But it's never going to appear in Composure Magazine.
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You're So Vain
by Carly Simon
Performed by Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey
Marvin Hamlisch, Piano
Produced by Don Was
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Better than I expected
30 December 2003 | by markandbeckSee all my reviews

The fact is, I had not intended to see this movie - ever. I had not heard good things. But my wife saw it, and liked it. One evening she caught me in a mellow mood and I watched it with her.

To say it is contrived is an understatement. To say it is generally predictable is to state the obvious. It is a piece of fluff romantic comedy familiar to viewers of old movies. But there are a lot of people who LIKE fluff, and frankly, I think we will probably watch it again some day.

The writing was occasionally witty, often funny, and sometime knee-slappingly hilarious, without degenerating into the completely silly. The chemistry between Kate and Matthew was great, and their performances were what made this movie rise above the mediocre.

Don't waste your time with this movie if you insist on depth or insight into universal truths - it ain't happenin'. But if you want a good time with a charming flick, you could do worse.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Lose a Guy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,774,850, 9 February 2003

Gross USA:

$105,813,373

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,502,387
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1.85 : 1
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