How To Lose Friends & Alienate People
Time Out says
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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