How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Based on the memoirs of British journalist Toby Young, this comedy stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) as a disillusioned intellectual who both adores and despises the world of celebrity, fame and glamour.

He gets a job at high-profile New York magazine Sharps, amuses his new editor Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges), becomes a confidante of starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox), and begins a love affair with colleage Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst).

2008Rating: M, Offensive Language & Nudity111 minsUK
Comedy

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

Based on the memoirs of a bitter journalist fired from uber-cool mag Vanity Fair, it's a little surprising this movie is so nice. Hell, based on the title I'm surprised it's so nice. But at the risk of sounding like a joyless wanker reviewing a comedy, that's kind of the problem with this film.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Cleverly titled but noxious British comedy.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The crushingly unfunny and slopped-together How to Lose Friends & Alienate People has neither the ambition nor the intelligence to do justice to its source material.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism.

Salon

Salon

press

When Pegg is breaking protocols with his uniquely ballsy aplomb, dancing like a doofus or doing battle with Venetian blinds, the film almost flies.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There are some very funny lines thanks to Young's sharp, blunt and honest English wit - however, this film isn't, unfortunately, the biting satire it could have been.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The putrid showbiz comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People appears to hit DEFCON 5 in mistaking its brand of moral laxity for cutesy irreverence.

Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Ultimately, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People lets itself down with toothless writing, and some join-the-dots direction.

2.0
Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

Based on the memoirs of a bitter journalist fired from uber-cool mag Vanity Fair, it's a little surprising this movie is so nice. Hell, based on the title I'm surprised it's so nice. But at the risk of sounding like a joyless wanker reviewing a comedy, that's kind of the problem with this film.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Cleverly titled but noxious British comedy.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The crushingly unfunny and slopped-together How to Lose Friends & Alienate People has neither the ambition nor the intelligence to do justice to its source material.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism.

Salon

Salon

press

When Pegg is breaking protocols with his uniquely ballsy aplomb, dancing like a doofus or doing battle with Venetian blinds, the film almost flies.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There are some very funny lines thanks to Young's sharp, blunt and honest English wit - however, this film isn't, unfortunately, the biting satire it could have been.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The putrid showbiz comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People appears to hit DEFCON 5 in mistaking its brand of moral laxity for cutesy irreverence.

Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Ultimately, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People lets itself down with toothless writing, and some join-the-dots direction.

2.0

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