How To Lose Friends and Alienate People details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst, Simon Pegg, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Anderson, Danny Huston, Margo Stilley, Max Minghella, Max Minghella|
|Director:||Robert B. Weide|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
How To Lose Friends and Alienate People
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Mar 2009|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Simon Pegg headlines this comedy based on the memoirs of writer Toby Young...
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Sounds goodBy Natrick (31 reviews) from Scunthorpe , 12 Feb 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Billed as a 'testosterone laced The Devil Wears Prada', Toby Young's sardonic memoir of his time tackling the glossy magazine scene in New York, How To Lose Friends And Alienate People is directed by 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' director Bob Weide
According to director Bob Weide, once he took on How To Lose Friends And Alienate People he was asked how he planned to make the central character, Sidney Young, likeable. Drawing on British journalist Toby Young's autobiographical best seller, Young is 'greedy, pushy and cynical, a balding hack on the make.' The answer Bob Weide gave, 'Two words: Simon Pegg.'
In the adaptation, Sidney Young works in London editing the 'Post Modern Review', a witty, intellectual publication that simultaneously derides and is fascinated by celebrity. He is then hired by Clayton Harding to work on Sharp's magazine, after the editor is impressed by Young's disruption of a post-BAFTA party with a pig posing as Babe. He becomes close to a rising starlet, Sophie Maes, but falls for colleague Alison Olsen. Over the course of the book, a drunken Toby Young affronts Mel Gibson at the 'Vanity Fair' Oscars party, asks a strippergram to the magazine's offices on 'Bring Your Daughter To Work Day', and takes cocaine with Damien Hirst on a ruined photo shoot: it remains to be seen which - if any - of these notorious stories make it into the film.
Weide is the director of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', the acclaimed American television series that stars Larry David as himself - that is, a semi-retired multi-millionaire. The show is partly-improvised and filmed in the style of a documentary. David's character is socially inept, neurotic and thwarted by events he is ill-equipped to handle. Weide has also directed a number of documentaries on renegade comedians, including Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth and The Marx Brothers In A Nutshell. The script for How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, written by the Brit Peter Straughan, was pitched to Weide by his agent as a 'modernized Ealing comedy'. 'The Sunday Times' described the book as, 'The longest self-deprecating joke' since the complete works of Woody Allen.'
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A real let downBy PDSH (3 reviews) from POLEGATE , 27 Jan 2013I was really looking forward to this as I think Simon Pegg is a legend. Have loved his other work... But this....MEH! BORING
no nopeBy a customer , 14 Jun 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidei hate it its not a very good movie i thought it was gna be very good rate plzz if u like
Great title, pity about the filmBy Electricvic (88 reviews) from London , 21 Mar 2012I like both Simon Pegg and Toby Young but this film doesn't quite cut it, falling heavily between the stools of romcom and satire like a coke-addled hack at an after-show party. Pegg's character is difficult to like - kind of a problem for the romantic bit of the storyline. And having been established as the kind of wiseguy who will argue that Con Air is the best film ever made, it's also hard to care very much when he finds out that glossy magazine journalism is largely controlled by money and celebrity publicists call the shots.
ok enoughBy a customer , 26 Nov 2011better than expected, ok enough for a low key saturday night in when you don't want to concentrate too hard.
Not the bestBy midgee19 (4 reviews) , 10 Oct 2011Not the best simon pegg film around, held high expectations fot this film and after watching it i was midly disapoinnted.
a few laugh out loud moments, but nothing too exragant.
I mean it is watchable, and does keep you entertained, but if you are a simon pegg fan, you may end up in the same boat as me, but then again.. each to their own.
rating- 2 1/2 stars, not the best rating ever, but i think that is what is deserves. Hope in the future films to come!
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