How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

(2008)

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.... More

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).Hide

Flicks Review

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.

Simon Pegg stars as Sidney, a rambunctious Brit looking to make it rich and famous stateside and soon lands an entry level job at a swanky magazine. His editor (Jeff Bridges) gives him a peek into the high-flying world of the elite and Sidney is hooked. The only problem is that he'll have tone down his in your face personality and learn how to climb the corporate ladder. It's a pretty good comic set up, but instead of going for the barbed satire that it seems to promise, it reverts back to the standard rom-com formula. The movie can't bring itself to really have a go at the glitzy media world because it seems enamoured with it. So instead it does the nice thing, complete with tepid romantic sub plot.

It's Pegg's most conventional role so far with the least chance to express his individual talents, but he still provides a few big laughs. Jeff Bridges is great as the cranky editor and the movie needed more of him on screen to cut through the treacle. It's a perfectly acceptable date movie I guess, too nice to be actively bad. In fact, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People is as probably as good a masculinized version of The Devil Wears Prada as you're ever likely to see. Take that for what you will.


The Peoples' Reviews

Average ratings from 1 ratings, 1 reviews
Your rating & review
Rate / Review this movie

Could not stop laughing......SERIOUSLY!!! Extremely suitable if your up for a laugh haha buut the whole "story line" wasn't spectacular..

I enjoyed it though =D


The Press Reviews

36% of critics recommend.
Rotten Tomatoes Score. More reviews on Rotten Tomatoes

  • 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. Full Review

  • The crushingly unfunny and slopped-together <strong>How to Lose Friends &amp; Alienate People</strong> has neither the ambition nor the intelligence to do justice to its source material. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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

The Talk
No votes yet

Want to see it

What say you?