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How to disappoint Pegg fans and alienate laughs
on 11 May 2009
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.