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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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on 13 September 2011
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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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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on 17 December 2014
However, this dvd titled How To Lose Friends & Alienate People touches on the delicate issue of how far can a person reasonably go when aiming for greatness and making a memorable contribution in one’s career. Simon Pegg plays a British journalist who goes to great lengths to make a name for himself in the career arena. The front of the dvd also lists Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, Megan Fox, and Jeff Bridges as actors/actresses who star in this film. The following are some of the bonuses associated with this dvd: Audio Commentary With Director Robert Weide and Star Simon Pegg, Audio Commentary With Director Robert Weide, and Sharp Interviews-Making of Featurette. Internet Movie Database lists the movie being inspired by Toby Young’s memoir “How To Lose Friends and Alienate People” and I read somewhere online that this movie was also inspired by a real-life publicist (Gillian Anderson’s character portrayal).
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on 17 August 2014
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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on 23 April 2009
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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Having enjoyed the book, I started watching this film with fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Simon Pegg was excellent in the lead role and the supporting cast were equally convincing at evoking the frothy, superficial world of celebrity journalism. If you enjoy comedies like The Office or Black Books, this will amuse.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 September 2009
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 November 2009
A great cast in a somewhat weak film. I rented this film because I've enjoyed Simon Pegg's previous films and because the cast list was pretty impressive (Simon Pegg, Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson, Jeff Bridges, Thandie Newton). There are plenty of funny moments and plenty of good performances; Pegg, Dunst and Anderson stand out for me. However, the film often feels predictable and sometimes frustrating because of that. The pace was slow at times and the ending was expected and rushed.

The film's total running time is 1:49:35 and the blu-ray hi-def is good.

Blu-ray extras:
Deleted Scenes - 10 deleted scenes that can be selected individually or Play All(15:02)
Commentary with Robert Weide and Simon Pegg
Commentary with Robert Weide
Gag Reel - the usual sort of out-takes (31:50)
Blogs - 6 behind the scenes bits and pieces that can be selected individually or Play All (17:23).
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on 24 April 2012
Come along all you one stars* it's not that bad. Excruciating and toe curling it may be but it did make me chuckle.
It's no masterpiece and I would have given it four stars but to redress the balance, I'm giving it five.
I enjoyed it.
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