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on 9 August 2009
The Peter Principle in business suggests that we are all potentially promoted one position beyond our capability. In this movie Simon Pegg appears to have been placed in this compromising position not just in the journalistic world but in his acting career. The script somehow squashes the natural, endearing performances that brought us humour and tongue-in-cheek pathos in admittedly silly but at least uproarious manner in Hot Fuzz and Run Fat Boy Run. We get a lot of the mannerisms and expressions in a Pegg performance but these are lost in a charmless script that challenges our intelligence by spending so long in the build-up that we rush and jump to his 'successful' career with no explanation, rationale or proper sense of his character and how he has developed. As a result it is difficult to feel any emotional attachment for him or anybody else and indeed to reach any true understanding of the original person upon which this biopic is based. The message here is that getting to the top is difficult and can involve the loss of one's principles or values. I could have read this in any number of biographies or editorials, it is the personal story that makes it, well, personal and interesting. At this most basic necessary level this movie stinks and sinks.
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on 28 June 2009
There is a moment in this film which sums the whole film perfectly. Simon Pegg is in a board meeting with journalists discussing ideas for articles for the magazine he works for. He proposes writing a piece claiming Paris Hilton is a shy recluse. Its supposed to be a joke, but you wont laugh, and noone laughs on screen. Everyone stares at him. People roll their eyes. Thats the film in a nutshell, a collection of weak jokes that noone laughs at.

Obviously Pegg is supposed to be "alienating" people but this doesnt work in the comedic way you might be hoping for. The jokes are bad. Pegg thinks that being a wacky Brit amongst serious Americans is enough to make a film funny. The worst thing is that he even resorts to poor physical humour, like falling over (!!). The kind of silly rubbish filmmakers think they can get away with in RomComs.

For me this is further evidence that Pegg is extremely overrated. Sure Shaun of the Dead was good, but Hot Fuzz and everything since then has been total rubbish.
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on 19 August 2010
I purchased this DVD hoping it would be somewhat like the book I so enjoyed. Sadly it was dumbed down by Hollywood and I was quite sad with the final product. If you have seen enough movies you can tell exactly where it is going. No surprises here. Save yourself money and time watching the dvd, and enjoy the book instead (by the same title). BTW, a good performance by Jeff Bridges as usual. Simon Pegg was consistent in being awfully annoying. The rest of the cast fall flat.
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on 14 May 2011
This film looked good from the adverts, but when i watched it i was unimpressed. It wasn't that funny (granted it had a few moments) but for a Simon Pegg film who is usually amazing, the film was below the expected standard. If you buy this thinking that Simon Pegg is always amazing like i did, dont get your hopes up. In my opionion it is not worth the money.
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on 26 May 2011
Never a good sign when you find yourself constantly checking your watch to see how long is left to run.
This is quite possibly one of the worst films I have had the misfortune to watch in recent times.
One or two reviewers have spoken about laugh-out-loud moments.I have to say that I found none;in fact I never once raised a smile.Badly written,poorly structured and miscastings galore.And I am sorry but I fail to see anything even remotely amusing about Simon Pegg.
Maybe the Woody Allen of thirty years ago could have done something with the script but Mr Pegg has neither the wit nor wisdom to carry it off.
Don't waste your time on this twaddle.
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on 23 May 2009
What the great Jeff Bridges was doing in this hopeless farce is anyone's guess. Pegg is certainly charming, but the humour in this Brit flic is downright silly. It looks amateurish and one can only guess at the potential of Toby Young's story had it been handled with a tight script and better direction. Very disappointing.
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