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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People [DVD] [2008]

Robert B. Weide    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Robert B. Weide
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H9O4W8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York. Based on Toby Young's memoir "How to Lose Friends & Ali enate People".


How to Lose Friends and Alienate People may just be the first true British film--and a splendid one at that--to be set on American soil. The fearless actor Simon Pegg plays Sidney Young, a Fleet Street hatchet writer tapped to come to the States to join the literati, and glitterati, at a big, fat, glossy magazine--every resemblance of which to Vanity Fair is strictly intentional. Sidney is possibly the most annoying man in the Western world, tilting at nonexistent windmills. His character calls to mind many of the hapless charmers played by Hugh Grant--but Pegg, without Grant's raffish good looks, comes across as simply hapless. Which is perfect casting, since Sidney is supposed to be enormously aggravating, especially when he first lands in New York. In his first few days in the city, Sidney puts off the first magazine colleague he met (Kirsten Dunst, in a top-flight comic turn), wears a wildly inappropriate T-shirt on his first day of work, spritzes fast food onto the designer white suit of a relative of the publisher, and picks up a tranny hooker. And things go downhill from there. On his first magazine assignment, Sidney, checking captions for a photo page, calls a powerful publicist. "Is he the fat one?" Sidney asks the publicist about one of her clients. Silence. "Well, is he the one with the wonky eye, then?" Pegg is a scream as Sidney, playing quite a different role than his starring one in Shaun of the Dead. Dunst is delicate but steely, and her comedic timing, under the deft direction of Robert B. Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm), is spot on. Great supporting work, too, by editor Jeff Bridges, whose enthrallment to the power elite, and silver mane, channel Graydon Carter; by Gillian Anderson, as a take-no-prisoners publicist; and by Megan Fox, a starlet cast as a bosom-heaving Mother Teresa. Sidney, and the film, will win you over, with a lot of laughter along the way.--A.T. Hurley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE IS SOMETHING VERY DAMAGED ABOUT YOU 26 Jun 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Simon Pegg stars as Sidney Young, a hack writer with a British celebrity magazine whose only desire is to be with the people he trashes in his columns. Clayton (Jeff Bridges) is the successful editor of New York celebrity magazine. He offers Sidney a job which he accepts. Sidney quickly discovers he is way out of his league and if he doesn't shape up he will lose his job. Kirsten Dunst plays Simon's boss who sees him as a zero and would like to see him fail. Meagan Fox plays an actress that Simon would like to get close to at any cost.

Simon can do no right, sort of an obnoxious Mr. Bean. However as the story progresses we discover that Simon isn't as shallow as our first impression. His turn around and redemption is what turns this film from a romp to a heart warming tale.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex, nudity (Margo Stilley)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 13 Sep 2011
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I wont spoil the plot, if your looking for a story line then google it - you'll find better plot reviews than I can write.

The movie itself is funny, easy viewing. It's not deep and doesn't have lots of twists and turns but it does make you laugh (or me at least).

I liked it, I wouldn't have paid full price for it (I bought a used copy which was fine) but I'd definetly recommend it. If it's on sale buy it. If it's not on sale, wait until it is and then buy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 3 Feb 2011
This won't have you rolling around laughing, but it's pleasant enough. It had the feel of a UK film made for an American audience, playing on the gauche Englander theme, so some parts felt too forced, but there were a few amusing moments to remind you it's meant to be a comedy.

It's the first time I've seen the much-ballyhoo'd Megan Fox in action - what on earth is all the fuss about? If she's meant to be the world's sexiest woman, then the voters must be all of 12 years old and never have seen the likes of Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner etc. Even in this film, Gillian Anderson knocked spots off her.

If ever a film had rental written all over it, then this is it. Luckily for us, that's what we did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Based on the book by Toby Young. 17 Aug 2014
By Kish
Which I've read. An amazing cast: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox, Gillian Anderson. The gag reel is just weird. I recommend that you get the book. Most of the cast have appeared in a cult tv show/movie. X files, Tron, Spaced, Doctor Who, IT Crowd, X-Men, Transformers. Satire about the entertainment industry. Sidney is a fish out of water. A brit trying to do well in America. Imagine Ugly Betty, Devil Wears Prada. You might like Glamourama by Bret Easton Ellis, Too weird for Ziggy (forgotten author).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not side splitting 23 April 2009
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I love Simon Pegg but he seemed a bit out of his depth in this, unlike Run, Fat Boy, Run which saw him at his best. This film is amusing but not laugh-out-loud. However the supporting actors, especially Danny Huston, are excellent. All in all worth a watch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Charming (Rom)Com. Hilarious! 12 Sep 2009
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Amazon's review namechecks Hugh Grant but there really is no comparison because Simon Pegg's character is mercifully shorn of Grant's foppish traits and bumbling apologies. Sidney Young, mistakenly headhunted as a gadfly amongst New York's glitterati and their sycophants, is far too robust a character to be emasculated by any of those soppy scenes Grant used to be forced to do. This is the old fish-out-of-water tale and I really enjoyed the uninhibited English normality, the initial refusal to conform, that Young thrusts into the rather starchy world of the glossy NY magazine. At one time, it would have been a glamorous American shaking things up in the buttoned-up world of the British. Here, the reverse.

Pegg is excellent in the role, really making Young's potentially insufferable twit, well, sufferable. Kirtsen Dunst is charming as the only employee who can tolerate the disaster prone newcomer, and Jeff Bridges, Gillian Anderson and the other cast members all make strong contributions.

I know, it looks dicey, but it's genuinely funny and if you've seen Pegg's earlier work - e.g. Spaced; you have seen Spaced, right? If not, what's wrong with you? - you'll know how entertaining he can be. He throws himself into the part with gusto and if a film like Devil Wears Prada won more acclaim, remember that its fish out of water was acted off the screen by her co-stars.

02/2011 update: just watched it again and I'm moving it up to 5-stars. It's great. Very very funny and charming. Not every great film has to be a hit at the box office.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. 3 Oct 2013
By Joao
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A very funny film , well played.
Good family film to pass an enjoyable evening.
Could see again without getting bored.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deleted scenes... 22 April 2013
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A funny film with some great scenes but it is a shame that one of the best one was deleted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny film, Simon Pegg great as always
Received dvd very quickly, funny film, Simon Pegg great as always.
Published 22 days ago by Alison Lloyd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 28 days ago by Jeffrey Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
Much better than I expected. Witty and well acted. Read the book and he really is a smug so and so but then he does end up with a gorgeous intelligent wife so perhaps he gas reason... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dogberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun. The only thing that could have made ...
Great Fun. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if we had seen more of Megan Fox!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This film is so funny I'd recommend it to everyone another one of Simon Peggs films that I enjoy watching over and over
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Like I said have not seen it yet but it should be very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excruciating!
Come along all you one stars* it's not that bad. Excruciating and toe curling it may be but it did make me chuckle. Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by Jf Peachey
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny, very good
I would say the film was enjoyable and brilliant in essence, I found the opening sequence pulled me into the story and gave me interest in the film, the acting is brilliant, there... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by blue badger
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