- 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 (71 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001H9O4W8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,810 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People [DVD] 
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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. HurleySee all Product description
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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)
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.
In pretty much every way, Simon Pegg's character is another version of his Spaced persona, this time angrier and more selfish than the Shaun Of The Dead version, but a different mix of the same combination of occasional cool, frequent idiocy, flashes of self-knowledge, and underlying self-distrust. I'm not sure how many more ways there are going to be to explore that particular personality, but, by comparison, all of the other characters are dull and risk-averse, except for the character's father, whose brief appearance reshapes the film.
So, how much fun is this? A lot, but perhaps not quite as much fun as it thinks it is.Read more ›
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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A few funny parts but showing the end of the film at the start made it rather silly .Published 14 months ago by A. Murphy
Having enjoyed the book, I started watching this film with fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Captain Pike