Ben: Rarely, Interested?
How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days. It’s the 2003 movie about Andie and her Bennie boo boo… boo boo boo. And is full of quick-witted humor. Romantic Comedy. If your man doesn’t like them just hope that they put Kate Hudson or Sandra Bullock in the movie. He’ll go. He’ll act like it’s torture. It’s not. He’ll want to negotiate for more time in The Man Cave. Don’t buy his tomfoolery.
This is “Nutter Butter’s” favorite movie. She can rattle off the tag lines better than Wikipedia. I think she digs Matthew McConaughey. Just a wee bit. She’s a Burberry girl and great friend!! I’m digressing…
The movie is about vanity, love and forgiveness.
First, vanity… Andie and Ben were both on top of their game.
A game? Like Backgammon? I love backgammon!! No, not that kind of game… these two play a different sort of game.
That’s the story line… it’s all just a game. For Andie, make a guy fall for her, and then loose him, by doing all the things that men dislike, all within 10 days. Then write an article about it for her job. Ben’s game was even more simple, a cocky bet that he could make any woman fall in love with him. Andie was chosen as the attractive subject in a bar.
I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee… You’re so vain… You probably think this blog is about you… from You’re So Vain, the catchy Carly Simon song that rings loud through this movie. I had no clue what “clouds in my coffee” meant. Carly says: “Clouds in my coffee” are the confusing aspects of life and love. That which you can’t see through, and yet seems alluring…until. Like a mirage that turns into a dry patch.”
Vanity. One of those harmful virtues, an example of pride, which is considered the opposite of being humble. Vanity, arrogance and pride can lead to a hardening of the heart that condemns those who refuse to accept anything greater than themselves.
When Andie and Ben found out about each other’s game, they were deeply hurt. Owie!! The movie easily could have ended right there. Game over.
Instead of vanity, let’s focus on the good, the positive, and the things this blog is about: “Think, at all times, on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.” Philippians 4:8. Amen.
Back to the movie. Fortunately, something else happened along the way: Andie and Ben fell in love. Ok, for the sake of the Romantic Comedy, can I add more God here? I’m sure this next part could conceivably happen without God… in the movies.
Here’s the best part of the movie: Love endures and overrides vanity. Team God wins… again!
Love overrides vanity is not a given, no-brainer, or slam dunk. Now comes the tricky part… forgiveness. A crazy scramble near the end of the movie. Andie and Ben swallow their pride, not an easy thing to do… but necessary for their forgiveness. And for their love to endure.
And for the fairy tale ending…