8:00 PM, 29th August, 2003
There's no denying it. This film is farfetched, contrived, predictable... and absolutely irresistible! How To Lose a Guy... is a quirky, turbo-charged spoof on gender power plays and is one of the best romantic comedies you'll see this year. Based on the book by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long, we follow Composure magazine's ambitious 'How-To' columnist Andie Anderson (Hudson), who is asked by her editor Lana (Neuwirth, best known as the droll psychiatrist in 'Cheers') to write a firsthand account of the things women unconsciously do to drive men away. A 10-day deadline sends Andie on a mission to find a guy, make him fall in love with her and then dump her after making a series of standard dating mistakes. But Andie's target, successful and sexy ad executive Benjamin Barry (McConaughey), has just made a make or break bet with his boss that he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days.
Hudson manages to morph from charming cuteness to something resembling a scary incarnation of comedian Lucille Ball on speed. And for McConaughey, playing 'successful and sexy' was never going to be a big stretch. If you're a bit of a romantic with a penchant for playfulness, here is a fresh and funny, entertaining collision of hearts
10:00 PM, 29th August, 2003
For most people it would be a dream to live on an island paradise, surfing at sunrise, working with your best mates during the day and partying all night. Not so for Anne Marie (Bosworth) who has to contend with the responsibility of raising her little sister and making ends meet as a maid at a Hawaiian hotel resort. The Pipe Masters Invitational offers a path to a better life after a board riding accident stalled her career a few years earlier. While trying to regain her confidence in time for the event, she is distracted by the attentions of a guest (Davis), who promptly sweeps her off her feet and into a bed in his high priced suite. This doesn't go down well with her friends, including Eden (Rodriguez), who worry that Kate won't have a clear enough head when it comes time to barrel down the pipe. This film combines great cinematography of surfers, like Australian Layne Beachley, with special effects to produce some good surf scenes. On the surface [Heh, "surf-ace" - Eds.] it is all about surfing, but it includes themes concerned with friendship, abandonment, love and the provision of appropriate customer service to ill mannered and inconsiderate rich hotel guests. Blue Crush has plenty of shots of beaches, surfing, and bikinis. What more could any (teenage) moviegoer ask for?