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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

1h 50m
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Sidney Young is a down-on-his-luck journalist. Thanks to a stint involving a pig and a glitzy awards ceremony, Sidney turns his fortunes around, attracting the attention of Clayton Harding, editor of New York-based glossy magazine 'Sharps', and landing the holy grail of journalism jobs. The Brit jets off to the Big Apple and moves from one blunder to the next.
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Simon Pegg
Sidney Young
Kirsten Dunst
Alison Olsen
Danny Huston
Lawrence Maddox
Megan Fox
Sophie Maes
Jeff Bridges
Clayton Harding
Gillian Anderson
Eleanor Johnson
Max Minghella
Vincent Lepak
Jefferson Mays
Bill Nathanson
Bill Paterson
Richard Young
Miriam Margolyes
Mrs. Kowalski
Kelan Pannell
Young Sidney
Janette Scott
Sidney's Mother
Kelly Jo Charge
Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Maier Smith
Apollo Awards Guest
Felicity Montagu
Clipboard Nazi
John Lightbody
Assistant Hotel Manager
Ian Bonar
Post Modern Review Staff
James Corden
Post Modern Review Staff
Fenella Woolgar
Post Modern Review Staff
Chris ODowd
Post Modern Review Staff
Hugh Thompson
Post Modern Review Staff
Emily Thorling
Post Modern Review Staff
Miquel Brown
Clayton's Assistant
Directed By: Robert B. Weide
Written By: Peter Straughan (Screenplay)

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Aljosa says...
9 years ago
Kind of like "The Devil Wears Prada" with male protagonist.
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jarvis-8243417 says...
2 years ago
Fairly entertaining, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People delivers laughs but is a bit too crude for this type of romantic comedy. The story follows a British tabloid journalist who gets a job with one of New York’s premiere publishing companies, but he soon discovers that he’ll have to sell out in order to succeed. Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, and Jeff Bridges lead the cast; though their performances are pretty mediocre. Some of the satire is rather clever, however overall it’s typical rom-com stuff. While it has its moments, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People is an uneven and shallow film.
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tgrbabydoll says...
4 years ago
The movie is great as long as you overlook the spoof movie. I'm not going to elaborate above that. You'll get it once you watch. The actress they had to play the actress, suffice to say she can't act her way out of a Cracker Jack box. But I'm guessing that was the point of the whole spoof part of the movie. If you don't/didn't get that, then odds are you won't/didn't like the movie. If you get British, dry and/or sarcastic humor with a touch of slapstick, you'll probably love the movie. Ignore the haters. They didn't get it.
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Bob.Frapples says...
5 years ago
The screenplay for this movie is an obviously over-sensationalized version of the memoirs it is based on. To that end, the movie is slow starting with Sidney Young being introduced as a self-thought cutting edge, non-mainstream journalist. He comes off as a kind of bumbling idiot, though on a much smaller scale as say Steve Martin's Clouseau. There is much physical comedy with kicks to the shins and falls and a transvestite bit. Sidney is given about 25 strikes by the owner of the most popular magazine in America for some unknown reason. Then the movie takes a 5 minute let's get an Academy Award nomination break when Sydney's father shows up and lays it on pretty thick and heavy. Then back to the shenanigans. I just didn't think this flowed very well and Jeff Bridges smokes cigarettes in the most ridiculous manner. One note of interest is the soundtrack. Very well done with a beautiful version of "Spooky" by Dusty Springfield.
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5 years ago
I think Simon Pegg is probably better served as a comedic actor in his native British movies, he's proven himself in that field time and time again, but when it comes to things like _How to Lose Friends & Alienate People_ he is never given the opportunity to shine, and it's the lacklustre, derivativ More
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