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

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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H9O4W8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,467 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".

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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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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 to be - and must have something more to impress a girl!
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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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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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By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2011
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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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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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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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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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I've been a huge fan of Simon Pegg sinced his 'Spaced' days so I'm always interested when he's starring in a new film. Considering the hype when this film was released calling it 'the funniest thing ever etc' this claim just doesn't hold water. It's entertaining enough - based around Toby Young's book of the same name documenting his time spent as an Englishman working at the US edition of Vanity Fair and the cast are pretty impressive but I can't help wondering why I wasn't laughing? Maybe Pegg came across as too 'Simon Peggish' and didn't really inhabit the Sidney Young character as he should have done, maybe a re-cast of the main character would have helped?

Otherwise it's a fairly simple plot, somebody goes to work somewhere new, starts badly, improves a bit, rises in the organisation, tries to get an unattainable girl whilst ignoring 'the one' working alongside you. That was it really, there isn't much else to say, but I can't help feeling a bit cheated by this film and hope that it doesn't mean that Simon's quirky Englishness will be swallowed up by Hollywood.
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