How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (15)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 30 2008

Evening Standard restaurant critic and self-styled gobshite Toby Young has his experiences as contributing editor at Vanity Fair under Graydon Carter splayed inelegantly across the screen in this bland, old-fashioned and largely mirthless middlebrow Britcom. Some minor tweaks have been allowed for, so we have Simon Pegg as Sidney Young, working for Sharps magazine under Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges). The film plays like a gender-reversed riff on ‘Bridget Jones’ and charts Sidney’s efforts to uphold his gawky principles in the high-rolling world of New York journalism. As empty-headed movie starlets and their no-shit publicists totter about the place, Sidney gawps sycophantically from the sidelines while his shy and quietly supercilious co-worker Alison (Kirsten Dunst) arches her eyebrows in constant bemusement.

For a film about upholding personal ideals, its glossy packaging and derivative ‘will he get the girl?’ narrative sell any credibility down the river in favour of affected screwball larks about transvestite strippers and dead chihuahuas. Add to that a tired idea of bumbling but lovable Brits abroad (The Hugh Grant Syndrome) and a lazy, antiquated depiction of journalism, and there isn’t much to trouble the intellect. Pegg turns the pratfall-o-meter up to 11 and, admittedly, makes the best of a bad situation, but his deadpan comic wiles aren’t sufficiently served by the weak material and limp direction. References to ‘La Dolce Vita’ and ‘Le Mépris’ only help to confirm what withering celebrity satires they are, and this isn’t.
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15

UK release:

Fri Oct 3, 2008

Duration:

110 mins

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Mr T

All in all pretty underwhelming. A couple of laughs but not enough that I'd describe it as funny. Not offensively bad, though the references to the bumbling Brit are old and recent that funny to start with. Simon Pegg does pretty well with an uninspiring script but there were better ways for me to have spent a lazy evening.

Movie_Chickk_x

Movie Was Complete And Utter Rubbish, The Trailers For The Film Looked Fab And Made The Film Seem Very Funny. But It Was So Boring And Slow.

lauren

im confused as to why all films have "to trouble the intellect." - it was a light, fun film which was, superficially, enjoyable.

jordan

i tht ts was a great m and i love the man in the film he is funny in all his films

jordan

i tht ts was a great m and i love the man in the film he is funny in all his films

Marla

I saw it a couple of weeks ago and it's not worth the money. I really like Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead, but the cript just wasn't funny. I laughed about twice throughout. The book is funny, and I know the author, the film just hasn't got it.

Stefan Bradley

I watched a pirate copy of this film at home - I'm not saying it was bad but my cats were sick on the carpet. I should know a thing or two about acting cos my wife was in the Kwikfit advert in 1987.

Sarah

Me and my boyfriend went to see the film and both laughed all the way through, it's brilliant! I've never read the book but can't understand the negative reviews. i'd watch it again, tomorrow.

Sarah

Me and my boyfriend went to see the film and both laughed all the way through, it's brilliant! I've never read the book but can't understand the negative reviews. i'd watch it again, tomorrow.

adamg

For what it's worth, Zed, the book was extremely funny and winningly, bravely honest. The film is a waste of time.

Zeds dead but

So long as you remember this is a light movie, it is not that bad. Some amusing moments. For what it's worth, the book was pretty average, with a few moments of hilarity, bit like the film. The pig was superb and out acted some of the actors on display.

Caroline

Really disappointing, I'd heard the book was hilarious but found the film very dull. Pegg's worst film in my opinion, Dunst is irritating as she seems to play exactly the same needy, girly, damaged character in every film. Not recommended.

phil mk

Simon Pegg was depicting an upper class Brit pretending to working class honesty and directness, and I suppose in that context the unpleasant, boorish behaviour was appropriate. I still found it difficult to like the character in any way. Kirsten Dunst looked pretty.