How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
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-promoting 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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"What we have is a comedy that's not that great, a romance that's not that convincing and a movie that's sadly not that special. Now that's how you lose friends and alienate people."
‑ Ali Gray,
"A fun movie worth checking out."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"I feel I've seen a bit too much of Pegg in some not very funny films recently, but his fish out of water works well."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Instead of skewering self-important stars and vapid journalists, Friends gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"droseri, ana diastimata asteia, alla en genei filodoksi apopeira aythadeias me eynoyhismenes eilikrineis protheseis kai bretaniko flegma kommeno stis akres gia na horesei se amerikaniko kaloypi romenti, opoy niotheis synehos na leipoyn pragmata"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"... slickly constructed and frequently funny."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"No bad thing, really, but a fair distance from the barbed humour of Young's book."
‑ Jarrod Walker, FILMINK (Australia)
"It plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The makings of an uncompromising, razor sharp satire were gathered together here. That the resulting movie slips off track as much as it does is particularly disappointing."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"I'm told that several of these characters are easily recognisable to insiders, but outside that small coterie there's still a great deal to enjoy about Sidney's fish-out-of-water exploits."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"While Pegg has a good stab at lending the film some of his trademark knockabout charm, the film is as artless and difficult to warm to as its leading man."
‑ Vicky Roach, Daily Telegraph (Australia)
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