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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)

Simon Pegg , Megan Fox , Robert B. Weide  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst
  • Directors: Robert B. Weide
  • Writers: Peter Straughan
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OFFRQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" on IMDb

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Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) stars as Sidney Young, a gate-crashing British journalist who loves exposing the shallowness of the celebrity world, yet desperately wants to join it. When he accepts an offer from renowned editor Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges) to write for an ultra-chic magazine in Manhattan, Sidney finally gets to rub elbows with A-list celebrities but always manages to rub them the wrong way. His fellow writer, Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst), is powerless to stop Sidney when he sets his lustful sites on beautiful starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). But when Sophie's publicist (Gillian Anderson) makes him a tempting offer, Sidney is finally poised to conquer the Big Apple or suffer the biggest humiliation of his life.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I missed this in the theaters, even though my girlfriend and I are huge Simon Pegg fans. Unfortunately the way it was marketed when released made me think it was a romantic comedy / follow-up to the Devil Wears Prada. I also had no idea that Simon Pegg was the film's lead (which would have been a driving factor to get me into the theater). With that said, I really enjoyed the overall feel of the film and found it far more entertaining than Run Fatboy Run, a film which didn't allow Pegg to do what he does best ... which is be damn funny.

While not in the same genre of films that Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead blazed into, this film is a nice balance between a mild romantic comedy and some stinging satire regarding the ridiculous relationship between print media and Hollywood's elite. It's definitely worth watching for Pegg's performance, and Kirsten Dunst is far more likeable here than in the latest Spider-man film, playing a more complex and human character than MJ part trois.

In regards to the low rating the film is currently seeing on Amazon, I can only say that it's disappointing the film didn't do well in theaters, but regardless of the lack of extras and tomfoolery going on with MGM's home entertainment management, it's a shame that people are rating the film so poorly. Unfortunately, if people just see the listing for this film with a paltry two stars and don't go on to read the reviews they'll miss out on a refreshing and entertaining comedy starring one of England's funniest, freshest and most talented actors.

On a side note, I'm continually impressed with the range of actor Jeff Bridges' in his portrayal of various characters in his many film roles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE IS SOMETHING VERY DAMAGED ABOUT YOU July 10, 2012
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Simon Pegg stars as Sidney Young, a hack writer with a British celebrity magazine whose only desire is to be with the people he trashes in his columns. Clayton (Jeff Bridges) is the successful editor of New York celebrity magazine. He offers Sidney a job which he accepts. Sidney quickly discovers he is way out of his league and if he doesn't shape up he will lose his job. Kirsten Dunst plays Simon's boss who sees him as a zero and would like to see him fail. Meagan Fox plays an actress that Simon would like to get close to at any cost.

Simon can do no right, sort of an obnoxious Mr. Bean. However as the story progresses we discover that Simon isn't as shallow as our first impression. His turn around and redemption is what turns this film from a romp to a heart warming tale.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex, nudity (Margo Stilley)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Wally! September 17, 2011
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Let me begin by saying that I now think that movie is even funnier since it is based on Toby Young's book and his experience in NY!! His interview is in itself hilarious!

Simon Pegg has a talent for playing characters that are just clueless, somewhat out of touch with reality, with a hint of loser! He just does it very well!!! Throw that into the quick pace lifestyle of the big apple and those characteristics become even more profound!

I will have to say that I am not really a romantic comedy type person, but the comedy side of this movie far outweighs the romance! There were some laugh out loud scenes for me, like when Simon coughs with his mouth full on the lady's overcoat... even funnier that he can't leave it alone! The scene where he gets smashed at a fourth of July party and get up and starts singing `England England England' was hilarious to me... what a complete Wally! The scene with the dog in the office is funny too! But for all those who said that there were no laugh out loud scenes, what do you call the two scene with the transvestite!? Absolutely hilarious!! (especially the stripper prank!) What a wally!!

On the more serious side, Simon's character is very serious about what he does and is uncompromising and that becomes more and more obvious as the movie progresses... you find out that his character is actually deeper than you imagined!! I liked how the movie portrays Simon as a person who is unwilling to let go of his principles in the corporate rat race... I think the movie does an excellent job of capturing the struggles that most people have to go through in terms of either selling out and climbing the corporate ladder or retaining their morals and principles and staying at the bottom of the corporate food chain! I feel your pain Sydney Young!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY ENTERTAINING FILM WITH SIMON PEGG October 3, 2009
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HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE

I am a huge Simon Pegg fan as most people probably are now days; come on all of his stuff has been great. I remember seeing the previews for this and thinking "all right here is his forte into mainstream movies". Now I knew that could go one of two ways, those of course being bad or good. Thankfully this while not his best film is really good and that is mainly because of Mr. Pegg himself. I know what you are saying "of course he is good in it" and I know that but I felt the need to say it, so get off my back.

The film follows an off the wall writer named Sidney Young [Pegg] as he goes from wanting to be in the "it" crowd to actually being there. The thing about it though is that what got him to the dance just might be the one thing he has to give up in order to be successful. Writing for a small magazine that trashes the stars [or at least he does] over in the UK, he is offered a job in the US by his hero in the biz Clayton Harding [Jeff Bridges]. Once there the hero he looked up to is looking more and more like a sell out and after meeting Sophie Maes [Megan Fox] he just might do the same. The only real person at least in his eyes is Alison Olsen [Kirsten Dunst], so he tends to hang around her while wanting Sophie.

This film based on a book by Toby Young is well handled under the direction of Robert Weide. The film is well paced even though it is a bit long which may be it's only down fall, the only one I guess. Written for the screen by Peter Straughan and acted out well by the entire cast this film is really entertaining. The film has laugh out loud moments but it is much more of a wittier humor or subtle type if that makes sense. Still I find the film to be very entertaining and found the cast to be real fun to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars crude Humor!
This movie is humorously stupid! The story is not near as interesting as just watching for the humor. Need a dumb joke then watch this.
Published 1 day ago by Ausum J
5.0 out of 5 stars Slap Stick Comedy Dry English Humor Romantic all Wrapped in one!
Loved this movie watch. Too many laughter and humorous moments to mention. Didn't really pay much attention to the cast and was truly delighted to see many actresses and actors... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Cindy Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny
Love Simon Pegg! All the actors are hilarious and the perfect parody of Hollywood. It's not biting or mean, just plain funny.
Published 12 days ago by pitaquachi
3.0 out of 5 stars What you'd expect
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was light fluff... What you'd expect a movie to be like when the main characters are played by Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Deanne Temple
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I love this type of dry comedy!! Great movie to watch after a long day's work. Would definitely recommend and watch again
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for Simon Pegg fans!
I enjoyed this movie thoroughly as it made me laugh and at times even squirm uncomfortably as Simon Pegg's outrageous character progressed through the movie. Read more
Published 17 days ago by T.Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and romantic
I love romantic comedies. Nice movie to watch with your significant other. All you need is wine/beer and some popcorn.
Published 23 days ago by Priscilla Liriano
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed a trail of Bread Crumbs
I like Simon Pegg. I think he's a naturally funny comedic actor. But, like most actors, he sometimes ends up in a movie that just doesn't work. That's the case here. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Eric Sanberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Worst
Not a terribly memorable movie but it was entertaining. Pegg gives a solid and enjoyable performance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Collette A. Mattingly
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but didn't hold up
This is a sweet love story set around, what I guess was supposed to be, edgy comedy. There were some great moments, early in the movie when Jeff Bridges took Simon Pegg's present... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Mark Waldoch
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