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Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson ... see more see more... , Megan Fox , Max Minghella , Miriam Margolyes , Bill Paterson , Diana Kent

Frequent Curb Your Enthusiasm director Robert B. Weide makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of British writer Toby Young's comedic novel of the same name. When self-promotin... read more read more...g scribe Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) accepts a position as a contributing editor for iconic fashion magazine "Sharps," his subsequent attempts to ingratiate himself with both his egotistical boss, Clayton Harding, and the superficial celebrities who populate the pages of the magazine prove disastrously hilarious. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009

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  • fb100000145236770
    January 26, 2013
    Trying to clear off my DVR, I saw that I had this one there and realized it's one of those movies I've always wanted to watch, but just didn't. So, I finally gave it a shot, and man I wish I would have watched this a few years ago. I love Simon Pegg movies, he is the best geeky... read more/comedy actor out there and I can't think of a real bad movie that he has done. Here he plays Sidney Young, an independent journalist who starts to work for "Sharps", the number one fashion/pop culture magazine. From there he messes everything up, pisses everyone off, and finds out the life he wanted all along, may not be all it's cracked up to be. This has a great supporting cast with Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Kirstin Dunst, Megan Fox, and Gillian Anderson. Just wish Nick Frost had popped up somewhere. If your into the "Office" or other Ricky Gervais humor then this is right up your alley. Lot of goofball, uncomfortable situations help make a pretty plain story very funny. Good comedy that flew under the radar that deserves to discovered or rediscovered all over again.
  • July 4, 2012
    It´s not so bad as I imagined. Let says it works. It has a mix of British and American humour (American "humour") , shows very well Hollywood´s little world and makes lot of references to the great Fellini´s "La Dolce Vita", the best film about the "celebrity journalism" from whe... read morere, by the way, the word paparazzi comes.

    *Sophie Maes crossing the swimming pool with La Dolce Vita´s theme song palying in the background is a direct reference to the scene of Sylvia in the Fontana di Trevi. In my opinion, it is better than the original scene.

  • June 25, 2012
    Kirsten Dunst is the only bright spot in this mess (and even she is not at her best). . Now I know why it took me years to get around to watching it.
    Stupid storyline and bad acting. And Megan Fox. Ack!
  • June 9, 2012
    A male vision of The Devil Wears Prada; How to Lose Friends & Alienate People could be not so good made as Frankel's picture, doesn't have a better writing as the same and be very slapstick. But this one had, not just a nice performance by Simon Pegg, it's much more entertaining ... read morethat The Devil Wears..., and have some funny scenes (unfortunately not some funny as look to be). Anyway Toby Young's adaptation is a nice movie to see. Fresh.
  • January 11, 2012
    All of the cast perform very well and althought it doesn't keep it's promise it's still a fun light hearted movie with a witty script mixed with relaxed humour that's not too over the edge. Doesn't feel much like a Pegg movie to be honest.
  • January 3, 2012
    I'm not sure I understand why this film gets no love. Simon Pegg took the gig, sure, but this isn't one of his own, so it shouldn't be held to the same standard. I thought it was really funny - lots of slapstick, fish-out-of-water stuff, and critical enough of the socially mobile... read more and the celebutante culture alike. Also, I watched this a day after Crazy Heart, and to see Jeff Bridges disappear into this role the same way he did in his Oscar winning performance just proves that his late-career renaissance is for real. I even enjoyed Megan Fox strutting around, sex kitten-ing it up, even if she can't really act. People might say she's just playing herself - and other than Transformers, I haven't seen enough to agree or disagree - but so what? The over-the-top airhead, party girl role proved a good foil to the nerdy prick that Pegg played. Maybe Fox was perfectly cast.

    Not brilliant, but plenty entertaining, and even if it's more mechanical than it should be toward the end, there are a quite a few good laughs along an adequate, somewhat unconventional love story. Hmmm, comedic and romantic... two things I don't usually say of romantic comedies!
  • August 28, 2011
    My predicted rating: 3.5

    Simon Pegg always manages to bring something new to the table where the storylines are concerned and his unique humour never tires. The great thing about Pegg is that he manages to star in Rom Coms which do not fit the Rom Com mould and appeals to the ... read moremasses, not just lovers of the sub-genre.

    Here's hoping this man never runs out of new films to appear in!
  • August 20, 2011
    A decent comedy that I didn't think I would enjoy to be honest. I'm not a big Pegg fan Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz aside. This does have a very strong cast line up that surprised me, especially Megan Fox and Kirsten Dunst fill their roles well. It has quite a few laugh out lo... read moreud moments, and plenty of cringe worthy ones to. Started to get a bit Rom-com like towards the end but it's more of a social comedy.
  • August 8, 2011
    The only reason I saw this was because of Simon Pegg (and Megan Fox). Let me say, it's not as bad as critics say. It's funny, great actors, Jeff Bridges is in it for some reason... anyways, if you are in the mood for a mean spirited comedy, go 'Alienate' yourself by watching this... read more great farce!
  • June 23, 2011
    It was forgetable. Average.

Critic Reviews

Ben Mankiewicz
November 7, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies

Where the movie succeeds is in its sudden right turns, its willingness to kill a dog, always a bold choice, and its consistent emphasis of the comedy over the romance. Full Review

Ben Lyons
November 7, 2008
Ben Lyons, At the Movies

Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh. Full Review

Robert Wilonsky
October 3, 2008
Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice

It plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada. Full Review

Michael O'Sullivan
October 3, 2008
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

What was good enough for the printed page -- a comic chronicle of our obsession with the shallow -- has been turned into the object of its own derision. Full Review

Scott Bowles
October 3, 2008
Scott Bowles, USA Today

Instead of skewering self-important stars and vapid journalists, Friends gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor. Full Review

Peter Howell
October 3, 2008
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

It seems Weide and Pegg were determined to make good on their title How to Lose Friends& Alienate People. You can sum up their results in two words: mission accomplished. Full Review

Ted Fry
October 3, 2008
Ted Fry, Seattle Times

When a movie features two spit takes in the first 15 minutes, it's a pretty clear indicator of which way the rest of the farce will go. Full Review

Ruthe Stein
October 3, 2008
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism and has much to recommend it once you get past its unwieldy title, which sounds like something that would get slapped on a self-help book. Full Review

Mary Elizabeth Williams
October 3, 2008
Mary Elizabeth Williams,

Like the characters it portrays, How to Lose Friends eventually becomes the very thing it mocks, its delectable naughtiness sacrificed to sentiment and audience appeal. Full Review

James Berardinelli
October 3, 2008
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The film's inability to decide whether it wants to be sweet and life-affirming or vicious and nasty creates not only a disconnect on the story level but results in tonal shifts that are dizzying. Full Review

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