They are both gorgeous, by the way. Kate Hudson looks stunning dressed up and "frosted" (gag) and even better dressed down in a tank top and jeans. And something I wouldn't usually say, let alone write: I love her hair. Matthew McConaughey looks the best I've seen in any of his films and, again, especially dressed down in a t-shirt and jeans (he doesn't really need to wear a tux). At first I didn't care so much whether they ended up together. Neither was especially likable, just good-looking. But by a scene partway through at his family's house, it was hard not to want them to get together. It was as though all of sudden, these two gorgeous single people hit their stride and their chemistry at about the 2/3 marker. Maybe it was the actors who hit their stride, but I think more likely it was the script.
The Special Features of this Deluxe Edition are some of the same ol' same ol': a commentary, a music video, deleted scenes, and a making of the film titled "How to Make a Movie in 2 Years." Now, I was surprised by two of the extras on this DVD: "Why the Sexes Battle" and "Girls Night Out," both worthy of an extra note, but for opposite reasons.
"Why the Sexes Battle" has an anthropologist and an evolutionary expert discussing the reasons behind why men and women interact with the opposite sex the way they do. Everything from testosterone and estrogen's role, to our evolutionary needs for alpha males and emotional females. A lot of this is stating the obvious, but I thought it was a smart addition to a story which is all about this very thing. Oh, and I think the evolutionary expert, Shanee Edwards has a crush on Matthew McConaughey. At one point, she uses him as an example by saying (passionately, I might add), "He's very good looking, he's muscular, and he just looks like he has GREAT genes." Matthew — Shanee is checking out your genes! One funny thing to note: when the extra ends, the title reappears, now called "The Battle of the Sexes," an editing department oops.
Now, "Girls Night Out" was the opposite of a smart thing to put on the DVD. It is just the two authors of the book, Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long, talking about their book (which is just a list of things not to do to drive a guy off) but mostly spouting inane stereotypes about men and women. They try to put together sentences that make sense while acting as the experts, but they just come off as self-important airheads. At one point, Michele says, "That might be our problem. Guys can meet somebody right away and then be ready to marry because all their friends are getting married — it's like the right thing to do. I think that's it. Then women aren't really like that; they're always out there ready to be married if they meet the right person. I think that guys, like, if she's good enough, if she's smart enough, and if it's the right time, that's good enough for them. But for women I don't think it's the same thing. Their standards are higher."