Entertaining film, even if the DVD isn't packed with extras
E. T. Crane | San Jose, CA | 02/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. His turn as the villain in Iron Man was memorable and I found his portrayal of media mogul Clayton Harding to be entertaining and an excellent compliment to Pegg's hilarious Sidney Young. Definitely worth your time to rent and perhaps even own if MGM gets smart about releasing a revision of the DVD with proper extras (or how bout a Blu-ray edition MGM ... I'm sure we'd all eat that right up!)"
Casual movie about a not-so-casual person...
Jason Bean | Iowa City, IA | 12/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll admit I'd never heard of Toby Young before this film came out ( I think it was the title that spoke to me). I do know when leaving the theater there was alot of criticism over his inaccurate protrayal by Simon Pegg. That might be, but I honestly don't care (I mean they changed his NAME for christ sakes!). I've never felt compelled to judge a movie based on it's literary (or real-life) influence and feel it should be judged by it's own medium. That being said, this movie was very entertaining from the opening scene to the last.
As I stated before, Pegg plays a character ("CHARACTER") named Sidney who starts out working on his own (what seems like) independant magazine cinically making fun of the rich and famous. He ends up taking a job at "Sharps" magazine (think "Vanity Fair") where he proceeds to exude his cynicism on celebrity culture while alternatly trying to make his voice heard and seduce upcoming starlet Megan Fox. There's also a quasi-love story going on between him and a fellow colleague (played terrifically by Kirsten Dunst---and no SPIDERMAN in sight!).
While the plot seems to follow and end up with the usual Hugh Grant:Julia Roberts formula, what makes it stick out is the sort of in-your-face/bombastic approach the main character takes to the world (and the way he seems to effect everyone around him whether he sees it or not). It's cute but in a dirty-sex, scrambled eggs sort of way. The acting is great too with not a single weak-link in the chain (being a Simon Pegg fan, he made every scene watchable).
This was a good film. Not a GREAT film, but a fun and entertaining one (it certainly broke up the monotony of big-budget Blockbusters). It's got winning performances, a fun script, and a never ending sense of cynical mischeiviousness.
REALLY ENTERTAINING FILM WITH SIMON PEGG
fmwaalex | Austin, TX USA | 10/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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.
Simon Pegg is excellent as the lead in this film and it was cool to see him in this type of role, in fact he should do more of these. Kirsten Dunst is great as well in this film and gives one of the better performances. Jeff Bridges is great as usual and Megan Fox does a good job as well as does the rest of the cast. Like I said this is not the best film ever and is not even Pegg's best film, but it is still a very entertaining flick. I recommend this film to any one reading this if only a rental that is fine, I bought it. "
Liked the movie..and the DVD isn't BARE BONES at all?
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 02/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
not sure what others are complaining about? My DVD has two commentaries..one by Director Weide and Simon Pegg and the other by Weide alone. There is also another 18 minute making off featurette/sharp interview feature that is very interesting. I know the UK version will probably have many more features and I may get the UK Blu-RAY as I don't think it will come out over here and Blu-rays are NOT region specific. I like the cast and very much enjoyed the movie...not Peggs best but good for him is still VERY good.
Social climbing up a broken ladder..........
Neal Damiano | NH, CT | 02/18/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Simon Pegg pulls away from the ridiculous humor of zombie killing & crime fighting. Into the ackward hilarity of social climbing in "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People." Directed by Rob Weide & adapted by Peter Straughan from Toby Young's semi fictional book "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" focuses on Brit-born Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) & his year long adventure into the red carpet world of magazine publishing. Ever since he was a young lad Sidney has dreamed to be amongst the famous of the movies, to live in the lap of luxury he believed the actors dwelled in. In first- person voice- over narrative the film starts present day where Sydney is wearing a fancy tuxedo & designer watch, attending an awards ceremony with newly inaugurated starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). The movie then flashes back to a year before the sparkle & influence of Sydney's life as production manager at the highly regarded Sharps Magazine. When not trying to crash his way into film premieres & after parties, Sydney runs a counter - culture style of publication called Post Modern Review. After talking up Thandie Newton & making an array of flash photography at a party Sydney charms up Sharps Magazine's founding editor Clayton Harding. He manages to land a job offer & off to NYC he goes. No more than four months into the job Sydney manages to overstep his position on the professional ladder & repeatedly irritates coworker Alison (Kursten Dunst) the closest thing he has to a friend. A somewhat misleading title for Sydney doesn't have any friends to lose his personality & behavior are completely socially inept noticed by all except himself. But poor Sydney can't help but be himself even if it's totally offensive & inappropriate. This film will have you laughing but also feeling empathy for him. Sydney is one of those who has an underlying innate charm that you can't say no to. Entertaining quirky little film with some good laughs.