If you've even so much as thought about reliving moments How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days in real life, reciting it word for word would seem like second nature. And in the midst of doing so, you've probably found yourself being taken aback by a lot of Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson's early millennium slang. The film premiered in 2003, and to be fair, a lot of the things during that time are anything less than cool when reminiscing (hello, tattoo chokers and frosted lip gloss). But if you want to see for yourself just how well the film fit in with the early '00s era, consider all the quotes from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days that are super outdated, below.
You should know by now that when throwing McConaughey in the mix, you're bound to hear a couple of his ancient and southern colloquialisms in his big-screen performances, and this flick is of no exception. The country crooner isn't the only one dusting off those old dialogue bombs, however. Hudson's character is also guilty of letting a few roll off her tongue as well. And although they were awkwardly appropriate for the timeframe, don't even think about reintroducing any of these movie lines into today's dialogue rolodex.
1"Alright, I'll go. But I am not putting out."
Jeannie threw it all the way back to the early '90s with this dating 101 dialogue.
2"Tonight I'll hook a guy. Tomorrow, pull the switch. Before the 10 days are up, I'm gonna have this guy running for his life."
Andie Anderson dug deep into the archives when translating her plan to find her column's next victim into words.
3"There's that blonde babe in the leopard print. She looks like fun."
The Judys were keen on trying to set Ben up for disaster when helping him to choose his potential "lucky girl," but he wouldn't take their fishy-smelling bait. Just like any suitor would have today, Ben ran in the other direction once he heard "blonde babe in the leopard print" roll off Judy Green's tongue.
4"All is fair in love and war?"
This quote is a total tradition for Hollywood romances, and found its rightful place in this 2003 film too, à la Andie Anderson.
5"A diamond is no one-night stand. A diamond is a long-term commitment."
Bringing Andie back to his place for a nightcap, Ben knows he had to channel his inner gentlemen if he wanted to keep her coming back for more. And paired with the mixings of Nelly's 2002 hit "Hot in Here," this line was all too fitting for its early 2000s era.
6"Point is, she's already on the ropes, guys."
After their first date, Ben was sure that Andie was falling for him, and used this dated analogy to gloat to his colleagues about it.
7"If you don't shut up, my boyfriend's gonna come over there and pummel your ass."
Andie wanted Ben to prove his admiration for her, and boy, was he in for a treat. The line sounded like it came straight from an early '90s flick, and resulted in Ben getting punched in the face by a stranger.
8"Put a muzzle on your ol' lady the next time you bring her out in public."
Andie was a piece of work, and her antics at the movie theater led a pretty angry, buff dude to spew this ancient insult to the happy couple. And although rude, it's possible that Ben wished he could've thrown a muzzle over Andie's mouth more than once throughout their courtship.
9"You wanna talk about shooting a man's horse?"
Andie pulled out all of the stops to get Ben to cut her loose. And the worst one by far was when she nicknamed his endowment "Princess Sophia." McConaughey likely felt some kind of connection to his character in that moment, because this age-old line about shooting down a man's ego felt all too real.
10"Get on over there, big man. He's as slick as a whistle."
Ben may not have had any children of his own, but that didn't stop him from wearing the "best uncle ever" title like a badge of honor. When meeting his family for the first time on their eighth day of dating, Andie got to see for herself just how involved he was with his loved ones.
Again, McConaughey must've been channeling his ol' southern roots during this scene, because the actor let one of the most country phrases of all times roll off his lips.
11"But at the end of the day, the chicks dig it."
With or without his motorcycle, Ben was definitely the suavest of them all. But even he'd be a fool to deny a bike's power when it came to bringing in the ladies. Andie thought Ben was corny for dropping this line, and millennial women would totally agree.
Who doesn't like to be filled with the early '00s nostalgia feels every now and again? And thanks to How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, fans can do just that with each and every watch.