Sunday, July 4, 2010

Movie 12 Review: How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

"How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" is a romance-lite comedy film released in 2008 directed by Robert B. Weide (Known for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm) and is Weide's first feature film.

It stars Simon Pegg ("Hot Fuzz", "Shaun of the Dead", "Run Fatboy Run") as Sidney Young, an inept journalist trying to make his mark on the Celeberty Industry. Sidney initially works on a small British "Left-Wing" Radical magazine but gets a job working for a bigger magazine in New York by Clayton Harding (As played by Jeff Bridges) and gets paired up with fellow journalist Alison Olsen (as played by Kirsten Dunst). Hilarity Ensues

The film is based on a Memoir of the same name by Toby Young about his failures working at Vanity Fair Magazine. As goes the standard, the film is nothing like the original source material (Like some other recent films) and the quality of that change all depends on how it's handled. Sometimes it's good (The Dark Knight) and sometimes bad (Alone in the Dark) and sometimes so bad it's good (The Super Mario Brothers Movie).

Overall the film does a good job portraying Simon Pegg as a decent Romantic Comedy Lead and Kirsten Dunst does a good job as the receiver. Jeff Bridges was okay as the J. Jonah Jameson of the film and Megan Fox was okay as the eye candy. Gillian Anderson & Danny Huston as the antags do okay (And that's not a spoiler), but nothing outstanding.

I don't really have anything bad to say about the film, so that's a plus. But I'll let Roger Ebert take the last line about this film "possibly the best movie that could be made about Toby Young that isn't rated NC-17".

Flickchart Rankings
Worldwide: 3,709
Tack Angel: 139

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