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"And all the girls dreamed that they'd be Ben's partner, they'd be Ben's partner..." The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days song explained!
You guys already know that I am a huge fan of 2000s rom-coms, so we have to talk about one of the cutest ones out there: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey star in this enemies to lovers romance that turned 20 years old this year - crazy, right?!
There is one thing that has also reignited interest in the film: a viral TikTok sound! Lately, I've been hearing it all over the app and it goes a little something like this...
"And all the girls dreamed that they'd be Ben's partner, they'd be Ben's partner and you're so vain."
If you've ever wondered where that song originated, we're going to break it down today. Let's talk about the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days song.
As of right now, you can watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days on Paramount+ with a subscription. You can also rent the movie on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Apple TV.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is about a writer named Andie who has a "How To" column at a popular women's magazine named Composure. She wants to write about more serious topics like politics, but is told by her boss that once her column becomes a must-read she can write about whatever she wants. When a co-worker goes through a quick breakup, Andie pitches the idea of an article about what not to do in relationships if you want to keep a guy. Her boss titles it "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and Andie must research and write the post from her personal experience with the task.
On the other side of the coin is Ben who works at an advertising agency. He lands accounts like sports companies and men's alcoholic beverages, but wants to land a lucrative diamond company deal. His boss almost gives it to two women from a competing duo as they convince him women know diamonds and luxury better than men until Ben swoops in and bets that he knows how to sell himself to women. Therefore, he knows how to sell diamonds to women.
The women from the firm remember meeting Andie and her editor at the magazine earlier in the day and recall Andie's assignment. When they see her at the same lounge, they bet Ben that he won't be able to make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days, especially one that they choose for him. He takes on the challenge and bets them that if he can attend the diamond gala in 10 days with Andie truly in love with him, he will win the account! The problem is, neither Andie nor Ben know that they are just a bet to each other...
So Andie tries to make Ben fall out of love with her while Ben tries to make Andie fall in love with him!
Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson
Matthew McConaughey as Benjamin Barry
Annie Parisse as Jeannie
Kathryn Hahn as Michelle
Thomas Lennon as Thayer
Adam Goldberg as Tony
Michael Michele as Judy Spears
Shalom Harlow as Judy Green
You're So Vain by Carly Simon
There is a specific clip from the movie that has gone viral on TikTok and it happens at a part in the movie where Andie is trying to act as crazy as she can so that Ben breaks up with her. She comes over to his apartment, brings tons of pink/girly stuff and puts on her Carly Simon CD. She sings to him, "And all the girls dreamed that they'd be Ben's partner, they'd be Ben's partner and you're so vain."
The original lyrics are, of course, "And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner, they'd be your partner and you're so vain."
Here is the exact scene from the movie:
The song is also sung later at the end of the movie when *spoiler alert* Andie and Ben find out that both of them were in it for the wrong reasons:
The funny part is the TikTok viral sound is from earlier on in the movie, but the end part is super iconic too!
The song is definitely symbolic because both people are in the relationship for the wrong reasons at first: Andie wants to get a promotion at her job and Ben wants to land a huge client at his work. It's a classic "bet" trope where the romance begins as fake due to a bet, but inevitably ends with genuine feelings being formed. The bet gets discovered and there are hurt feelings. The person who made the bet must convince the victim that the romance started as a bet but formed into something more.
"You're So Vain" is about a girl who is singing about a boy that is totally full of himself/selfish. He thinks that he can win any girl. Andie originally sings it about Ben but once Ben finds out about Andie's article, he sings it to her because he himself feels betrayed.
Here's the original song:
Here is the soundtrack for the movie:
All of the songs in this movie are seriously so good! They're totally 2000s rom-com gold.
What Ben whispers as Andie is getting in the cab. What Andie whispers as she's getting in the cab.
What Ben says when debating whether or not to go through Andie's purse.
When Ben and his coworker are talking about the Sleepless in Seattle incident.
What Andie names Ben's "member".
When Ben teaches Andie how to drive his motorcycle.
Andie's response when Ben tells Andie she's lost him.
Have you guys seen How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? Did you know that the "Ben's Partner" TikTok song was from the movie???