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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
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03.13.2009 By: Mathew Plale
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People order
Director:
Robert B. Weide

Actors:
Simon Pegg
Jeff Bridges
Kirsten Dunst

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A crude British celebrity journalist (Pegg) lucks into a position at a Vanity Fair-esque publication, falling for an upcoming actress (Megan Fox) and shunning convention along the way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There aren’t too many journalists who can get away with wearing a “Young, Dumb, and Full of Come” t-shirt to work. But Sidney Young is one of them. He might also be the only one who carries a laminated photo of Clint Eastwood holding him in a headlock. He’s here for the party…but who invited him?

That would be Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges, sporting a full 180 from his Iron Man ‘do), editor at New York-based Sharps, who hires Sidney (Simon Pegg) after a stunt in which he crashed a BAFTA after-party with a pig he claimed to be the star of the upcoming Babe 3. But Sidney won’t dribble out the usual puff pieces Sharps, a Vanity Fair-inspired publication, is known for. No, he’ll take his own route to the top--through stripper-grams on Take Your Daughter To Work Day and killing the Chihuahua of the rising starlet (Megan Fox) he falls for.

Anyone familiar with the source--Toby Young and his memoir, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, a sort of lewd The Devil Wears Prada--knows that Sidney never makes it to the top of the ladder, or even the second rung. In Robert B. Weide’s (Curb Your Enthusiasm) adaptation, Sidney loses his head in both being too obnoxious for Manhattan, and a hindering romance subplot with the starlet and co-worker Alison (Kirsten Dunst). In the memoir, Toby seems neither good enough nor driven enough (he wrote less than 3,000 words in five years) for the job.

And for his efforts (or lack thereof), Toby has amounted to little more than a TV personality, best known to casual American audiences as a judge on season five of Top Chef.

Sidney, however, as played by the always pitiful and sympathetic Simon Pegg, is hard to hate or forget. He’s even, eh, likeable, despite making a claim that Con Air is “the greatest movie of all-time” at a swanky rooftop party. That about best sums up Sidney Young. Oh, and that stripper was a tranny.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Director Robert Weide and Star Simon Pegg: The more lighthearted of the two tracks, Weide and Pegg bounce off each other like old friends, providing a fun background on the movie.

Audio Commentary with Director Robert Weide: Weide is more straightforward here, offering his insight into the film’s production and a number of deleted scenes that unfortunately aren’t included on the DVD.

Sharp Interviews (18:39): This making-of featurette, which is part-jokey throughout, uses clips and interviews with the cast and crew to touch on Toby Young, working with director Weide, the chemistry between Pegg and Kirsten Dunst, all the characters, and more.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fans of Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) will love Sidney's outrageous behavior in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, and that alone will make you rent it. Others might find the humor off-putting, which it can be, but they're best left to movies without swine urine.
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