Today is Valentine’s Day! The most romantic day of the year. Or so they say. I call it the day of watching romantic comedies and gorging myself on ice cream. If you also feel the same or just want to enjoy a good movie with your partner, at Fangirlish we have your back. It’s the turn to enjoy and review How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Here we go!
I adore romantic comedies. I love romance, flowers, hearts, and fairy tales. That’s me. So I love How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. It could not be otherwise. But what is the movie about? Here you have the trailer to refresh your memory.
This movie is the guilty pleasure for many. I’ve seen it countless times because it has that special something that I can’t explain but that always makes me laugh. It’s one of my therapy movies. I think it is so implausible but so conventional at the same time that it only reminds you that love is found where and when you least expect it.
Andie didn’t want to fall in love. What’s more, she tried to get him to break up with her but, nevertheless, she fell in love with him completely. She simply met a guy who under that facade of an asshole was tender, passionate, familiar and that when he put his heart into something, he gave everything of him, even what he didn’t have.
And Benjamin was the typical man with the no-commitment rule written across his forehead. But he met Andie and everything changed. Despite the fact that she drove him crazy he could never break up with her for good. Maybe that was the reason. She just drove him crazy, she broke all his schemes and she was … different. So much so that it was to her that he opened her heart after a long time. And it was to her that he showed that familiar side of his. It was her that he let into his heart.
And, when everything seemed to go from strength to strength because they only loved each other … everything breaks down in a magical night, worthy of a fairy tale … that ends up becoming a Greek tragedy after Andie’s lies and her intention to lose a guy in 10 days comes to light.
Of course, Benjamin, his broken heart and his pride do the rest and he doesn’t let her explain and even makes her believe that for him what they have together is not important because … he’s a man and he has a broken heart and he just wants to make her feel the same pain that he is feeling. And it’s heartbreaking and time to get the tissues and ice cream.
At the end of the day, everything works out. Andie accepts that she made the biggest mistake of her life and also that she is worth too much to keep writing such junk articles. Her life is shattered so she begins to put it back together. And that seems very brave to me.
Of course, this movie has some bad points like the cliché ending and the characters so … typical of the early 2000s. Because we have to understand that in the early 2000s there was just a type for these romantic comedy characters. The guy was always the typical flirt who couldn’t or didn’t want to commit to anyone and the woman didn’t expect to fall in love but … it happened.
And then the end. It’s a bit of a cliché ending, with a race against time through New York – seriously, I’m in love with this city – and a romantic speech on a motorcycle included. And I love it. After all, that’s why we like these movies. We like the cliché of the romantic speech and the kiss at the end. However, what I don’t like about this ending is that Andie leaves her dream job in Washington to stay in New York with Benjamin.
It’s kind of what happened with Rachel and Ross on Friends. She had her dream job in Paris but, in the end, she quits it and stays with Ross in New York. In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days the same happens. Andie had found her dream job, writing just what she wanted to write but Benjamin goes looking for her and she … drops everything. And that’s not right.
It is something that also happened in the early 2000s in some movies or shows like Friends or The Devil Wears Prada. Fortunately, almost two decades later, we have learned that the woman doesn’t need to leave her dream job to stay with the love of her life.
Despite these negative points, the final result of the film is very good. It’s funny, cute, sweet and full of love. Perfect for a day like this.
- LOVE FERN.
- The dog. I love dogs but that particular dog is very ugly.
- The name of Ben’s little soldier.
- The yellow dress and the diamond necklace. Always rely on diamonds for a stylish outfit.
- The game “the liar” is wonderful.
- Couples therapist!
- New York couldn’t be more beautiful.