Birthday Wishes for Matthew McConaughey

It’s probably a little embarrassing to admit, but I own more romantic comedies than any other genre of movies. Don’t get me wrong. I love other genres of film as well. I’m currently in the process of working my way through the indie section of Netflix between my frequent attempts at catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. But for some reason, I hold a special place in my heart for chick flicks. You don’t have to pay too much attention to them, and they provide you with those feel-good emotions we all crave when we’re having a bad day.

When my friends and I agree on a chick flick night.
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Since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was released in 2003, Matthew McConaughey holds a prominent place in my heart and in my DVD collection. I own or have at least seen most of his films, and I’m not ashamed to admit that the ones I own are his romantic comedies. You just can’t beat a guy with a Southern drawl who puts his wife and kids first, who has walked the red carpet with his mother, and who will most likely always look good shirtless. He even has an adventurous spirit; he used to live on the beach in an AirStream, after all.

How precious.
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Today is Matthew’s 44th birthday, and I’m immersing myself in movie clips, gifs, and other precious gems of all things McConaughey that I can find on the internet for the next couple of hours. I might even end my night by watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the movie that started my love affair with the forever-dapper actor. Happy Birthday, Matthew. May you forever look good without your shirt on.

Matthew McConaughey’s movies have introduced me to places I have both been and are hoping to go to in the future. So to honor an actor who was a staple figure during my early teen years and still is one of my favorite actors, here are places in his movies that I have crossed off or have since added to the bucket list.

1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Every time I’m in the city, I secretly hope I’ll get a glimpse of Ben Barry cutting through traffic on his motorcycle. I might even go to Staten Island and play a game of Bullshit! the next time I’m in that area.

Ben teaches Andy how to drive a motorcycle while visiting his Staten Island home.
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2. Fool’s Gold (2008)

How could you not want to go off the coast of Florida to those white sand beaches that accentuate Matthew’s tan so well?

Kate Hudson is one lucky woman.
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3. Sahara (2005)

Together, Matthew and Penelope make life in the Sahara Desert look more exciting than it probably is.

Cruz and McConaughey in Sahara.
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4. The Wedding Planner (2001)

Another reason to add to the list of why I should go to San Francisco.

The Wedding Planner’s Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in the streets of San Francisco.
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5. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

There’s already Oscar buzz around this movie, so I guess it’s high time I headed to Texas.

Jared Leto and McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.
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