How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Robert B Weide (2008)

105min
15 Certificate
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British journalist Toby Young found success when he wrote a bestselling book about his failed stint at a New York glossy. This loose adaptation stars Simon Pegg as Sidney Young, who, unlike his real-life counterpart, has a charming silly streak that keeps you grinning even as he snipes at and isolates himself from the American showbiz glitterati. It helps, too, that the stars and their PR wranglers are even bigger egomaniacs than him. That's in stark contrast to Jeff Bridges, who twinkles quietly in the background as the irascible editor of the magazine (based on Vanity Fair), and Kirsten Dunst, who makes a blandly inoffensive love interest. Despite this tacked-on romance, Pegg and director Robert B Weide (TV's Curb Your Enthusiasm) deliver a wickedly funny mix of social and literal slip-ups, which is bound to win over and amuse most people.

Summary

A self-promoting writer is offered a position on the staff of a New York fashion magazine thanks to his irreverent views on the world of celebrity. However, he soon discovers his opinions render him incapable of relating to the superficial personalities he is expected to work with, not to mention his egotistical boss. Comedy based on Toby Young's memoirs, starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox and Gillian Anderson.

Cast & Crew

Sidney Young Simon Pegg
Alison Olsen Kirsten Dunst
Clayton Harding Jeff Bridges
Sophie Maes Megan Fox
Eleanor Johnson Gillian Anderson
Young Sidney Young Kelan Pannell
Mrs Young Janette Scott
Lawrence Maddox Danny Huston
Director Robert B Weide
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, sexual references and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama