How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Producers: Robert Evans, Christine Forsyth Peters, Lynda Obst, Richard Vane
  • Writers: Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan, Burr Steers, Patrick Swidler
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

The film tells the story of a journalist, Andie Anderson (Hudson), who works for a magazine called Composure as the “How to…” woman. She’s bored and wishes she could write more about important things, such as politics, economics, religion, poverty, etc. She soon finds herself writing an article called “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Andie tells her boss that, to write more freely and creatively, she’ll date a man and do all the wrong things women tend to do in relationships, and record her experiences for the article.

At the same time, advertising executive Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) tells his boss that he can make any woman fall in love with him in just ten days. To prove it, he’ll find a woman and bring her to the upcoming company ball as his date. If he succeeds, he gets to be in charge of the advertising for the new diamond company account otherwise headed by his boss.

Ben’s rival coworkers, Judy and Judy, who were at Composure Magazine earlier and are aware of Andie’s new assignment, conspire to have Andie and Ben meet that night and start their quests. Neither Andie nor Ben reveal their true intention, which leads to strange goings-on in their relationship. Andie puts Ben through various experiences to make him quickly break up with her, but Ben sticks around in to fulfill his quest to make her fall in love with him. Andie acts clingy, interferes with Ben’s guys night with his friends, and takes him to a Celine Dion concert instead of a basketball game. Ben stays with her despite everything and both people reveal their true motives at the end, but their initial desires have changed.

Igby Goes Down

  • Directors: Burr Steers
  • Producers: Lisa Tornell, Trish Hofmann, David Rubin
  • Writers: Burr Steers
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon

Kieran Culkin plays Jason “Igby” Slocumb, a sarcastic seventeen year old boy, rebelling against the oppressive world of his strict East Coast “old money” family. His father Jason (Bill Pullman) suffering from schizophrenia has been committed to an institution; Igby fears a mental breakdown like his father. His mother Mimi (Susan Sarandon) is self-absorbed and distant. Igby mockingly describes his ambitious older brother Ollie (Ryan Phillippe) as a facist or alternatively a Young Republican, and that he studies Neo-Fascism (Economics) at Columbia University.

Igby figures there must be a better life out there, and he sets out to find it, rebelling against his family at every opportunity. After happily flunking out of several prep schools, he ends up in a brutal military academy where he gets beaten by his fellow students. After escaping and spending time in a Chicago hotel courtesy of his mothers credit card Igby is sent to New York for the summer to his godfather D.H. Banes (Jeff Goldblum). While working construction for D.H. he first encounters Rachel (Amanda Peet) a “dancer who doesn’t dance”, his godfather’s heroin-addicted trophy mistress. Rather than return to school, he escapes into the bohemian underworld of Manhattan, hiding out with Rachel and her friend Russel (Jared Harris) “an artist who doesn’t paint”. He hooks up with terminally bored, part-time lover Sookie (Claire Danes), only for her to later leave him for his brother Ollie.

Director Burr Steers’ uncle Gore Vidal has a brief cameo as a Catholic priest.

17 Again

  • Directors: Burr Steers
  • Producers: Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sterling Knight

In this film, popular high school senior Mike O’Donnell (Zac Efron) seemingly has it all. He is a star athlete headed straight for a college scholarship, until he finds out his high school girlfriend, Scarlett is pregnant. He then decides to give up his scholarship and settle down.

Twenty years later, an adult Mike (Matthew Perry) finds his life is not exactly what he expected. He is separated from his wife, Scarlett (Leslie Mann), and living with his best friend Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon), his career at a pharmaceutical company is at a standstill, and his relationships with his teenage children are nonexistent. After getting passed up for yet another promotion at work, he returns to his high school to reminisce over his basketball awards and the life he could have had. While he is reliving his past, he is approached by a janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray) and shares with him how things were so much better when he was 17.

As Mike is driving home from the high school, he sees the mysterious janitor standing on the ledge preparing to jump into the Los Angeles River. Mike rushes out of his car to rescue him, but when he gets there, the janitor has vanished. What Mike doesn’t realize is that he is about to fall into the river and turn into his 17 year old self.

Through his experiences, Mike realizes that he had chosen the perfect life–he just never appreciated it and so he learns a lesson by turning into a 17 year old.