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This reviewer has to be honest in stating he can’t stand “KATE
HUDSON”. Even putting aside her recent, disgusting, self-serving anti-American
comments, it’s hard to make any sense of why gifted directors like Cameron Crowe
ever wanted to work with her. That being said, “HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS”
isn’t that bad! Hudson plays Andie Anderson, a journalist writing cheesy
articles for a magazine, similar to “COSMO” in theme. When she suggests an
article exploring the various strategies used by girls to rid themselves of
particular boyfriends, her eiditor agrees to it, but only gives her “10” days to
finish it. She finds Benjamin Barry(Matthew McConaughey) to be the perfect
object for her article. Unbeknownst to her, Barry has coincidentally made a bet
with friends that he can make get any woman to fall in love with him in only
“10” days! So, the viewer can tell where this one’s going right away.
Still, in spite of its ridiculous plot and sophomoric dialogue, terrific
direction and McConaughey, help raise the film above the muck created by Hudson
and the script.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.
It’s a decent transfer, though not exceptional. While colors are generally
solid, there are a lot of markings on the print source. Contrast is fine, but
darker scenes lack the detail of many superior PARAMOUNT transfers.
PARAMOUNT has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not aggressive, it has a
fair share of surround effects, used to enhance key scenes for atmosphere. The
music is well complimented through all speakers, and dialogue is always
intelligible and free from distortion.
PARAMOUNT has included plenty of extras for this release, including deleted
scenes and commentary. Director Donald Petrie provides a breezy, matter-of-fact
style commentary, which is pleasant, though it offers limited insight into
actual film production.
Several featurettes offer plenty of interviews and “behind-the-scenes” footage.
The deleted scenes were correctly deleted!