It has been 16 years since the ultimate rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days came out. From the moment it was released, people noticed just how special of a movie it was. This was no ordinary chick flick and it has since been recognized as one of the greatest romantic comedies of the early ’00s. Since this movie is definitely one for the books, people can’t help but re-watch it over and over again.
It is one of those classics that never gets old. The only thing is, however, the more we watch it, the more we realize it has some serious flaws. There are multiple things that just don’t add up throughout the film. From the fact that nearly everyone in it is a terrible person, to the many other moments that just make no sense. Here are the most problematic parts of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Andie is a bad friend
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is about a woman in journalism – Andie – who is trying to do everything she can to make a guy break up with her so she can write about it and a man in advertising – Ben – who made a bet with his coworkers that he can make any girl fall in love with him so that he can land a big diamond deal.
First things first, we have to mention that the whole idea for Andie’s article was from her friend who had just gone through a breakup. Basically, Kate Hudson’s character exploited her distraught friend and used her real life experience to get a story. Talk about being a bad friend!
She wanted to write about politics
Another thing we have to point out is that Andie wants to be taken seriously, and write about things that matter. She mentions multiple times how she wants to write about politics or other important topics. Then, she goes and takes a story about dating a man with the sole intention of driving him away.
Yes, she did take the story so that her friend, who was hung up on her ex didn’t have to write it – maybe not such a bad friend after all – but this is not what she wants to write about. So, it begs the question of why exactly she chose to take the story. Maybe she likes gossipy, girly stuff more than she lets on. Even her friends were shocked she chose to write this.
She’s a “vegetarian”
Perhaps one of the funniest scenes in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is the one where Andie pretends to be a vegetarian and tells Ben she can’t eat the meal he’d prepared for her. She even starts singing the song Mary Had a Little Lamb to emphasis her point of how disgusted she was with the idea of eating lamb.
The problem with this whole scheme is that if Ben had been paying attention, he would remember Andie eating shell fish on their one of their dates. This was proof that she was, in fact, not a vegetarian and was just messing with him. Either way, taking him to a vegan restaurant was a genius idea.
How does Andie afford her lifestyle?
Living in New York has always been expensive. That is where the film’s characters live, and somehow they seem to be doing just fine. While obviously Ben is a successful advertising executive, Andie is a writer who seems to only publish monthly columns.
Andie may not be as well off, but she’s still able to afford a decent apartment by herself with a doorman and seems to be taking cabs everywhere. How is she paying for all of this? It’s a similar situation to Friends where it’s unrealistic to have such a lifestyle with such a career choice. And then, there’s the question of if she is making tons of money, why is she constantly wearing tank tops and jeans?
She turns the crazy off
Okay, so for those who need a refresher, Andie’s plan is to hook a man – Ben – and then flip a switch to become a completely different person and drive him crazy so that he breaks up with her. Once Andie catches Ben’s attention and reels him in, she becomes an obsessive drama queen who could only be described as, well, a little bit insane.
Then, all of a sudden, Ben takes her home to meet his folks and she goes back to being normal. How does Ben not realize that she’s acting like a regular person again? Also, why would he bring this women who even he even confessed had multiple personalities home to meet his family?
Where is Andie’s family?
While on the topic of family, can we just mention that Andie’s family is never mentioned once in the film. While there is are multiple mentions, and even a huge scene, with Ben’s family, Andie seems to be born out of nowhere with no family at all.
Did she have a falling out with her parents? Was she an only child? Why did Ben’s folks get such an important part in the film and Andie’s were just completely left out? We have so many questions!
How does Andie get home?
So Ben would ask her out again, Andie leaves her purse at his place with two Knick’s – the New York basketball team – tickets for him to find. Of course, Ben was curious about the contents of the bag, so he “accidentally” knocked it over to see what was inside.
The problem with this is how did Andie get home from Ben’s if she left her purse there? When she left, she had no keys or money, yet she magically caught a cab and was able to get into her apartment.
H.R. debacle waiting to happen
There are so many moments throughout this movie where we wondered if either Andie or Ben’s offices had H.R. departments. Since when is it okay for bosses to get so involved in their employees’ personal lives. Ben’s boss is pushing him at women just so he can get a big ad campaign.
Then, on the other side, Andie’s boss forces her employees to write about the most personal and private details of their lives, regardless of how painful it may be. This probably wouldn’t fly in normal, real life offices.
Who falls in love that quickly?
Allow us to remind you that nearly the entire films takes place over just ten days, which is only a week and a half for crying out loud. Yet, somehow, both of the main characters manage to fall madly in love with one another.
Who actually does that? There is no way they could possibly be in love after less than two weeks. Because the two made such a cute couple, no one really said anything, but this is just typical rom-com fashion.
Why are they mad at each other?
Toward the end of the film, there’s a huge fight between Andie and Ben when they both realize they’d been played the whole time. Ben finds out Andie was using him for her story and Andie finds out Ben was just participating in a bet.
They scream at each other and claim to never have been in love – though they obviously had. This all made us wonder, however, how could they even be mad at the other when they did the same thing? They’d both used each other.
Ben totally stole Andie’s idea
While we’re not sure what kind of person buys their boyfriend a dog and calls the three of them a family after just a few days, Andie does just that when she walks in Ben’s office with a pupper. Ben notices a shiny necklace on the dog, makes a comment, and Andie calls it “frosting”.
Then, Ben runs back to his boss and pitches the idea “frost yourself” for their big diamond campaign. How was Andie not annoyed that he just completely stole her words right away from her?
Why did she stay?
This argument goes back to the whole “they only knew each other for ten days” statement. At the end of the movie, Ben follows Andie’s cab as she heads to the airport – she’s trying to start a new life as a serious writer and wants to get away from all the drama.
Then, of course, Ben shows up out of the blue and tells her to stay. With barely any hesitation, Andie agrees and she just leaves behind her dream and the job that was waiting for her.
She could’ve found another job
Why didn’t Andie just leave her job? She had a journalism Master’s degree, after all. She obviously hated her column, yet she stayed with Composure Magazine regardless.
Maybe because of her friends or because her boss lead her on to believe that if she put in a little grunt work, she could eventually write what she wants. When that didn’t happen, she used it as an excuse to run away – when she was really leaving because she was heartbroken, another problematic thing because she only knew Ben for ten days.
Did she get her suitcases back?
While we like to hope the person driving our cab has had some kind of background check before getting employed and isn’t a hardened criminal, there really is no telling who will pick us up.
Because of this, we have a hard time believing that when Ben handed Andie’s cab driver some cash to bring her bags home he actually did this. It’s much more likely he kept the money for himself, took the suitcases, and headed straight for a secondhand store or pawn shop.
How did they end up together?
We get it, Ben is an attractive dude and Andie is a beautiful woman, but how on Earth were these two ever going to make it work? The entire premise of their relationship was a lie and it had been completely fake.
While the feelings were real, how could they start something serious after everything? They had literally driven each other crazy with Andie’s determination to sabotage them as a couple, and Ben’s willingness to trick Andie into falling in love with him?