How To Lose Friends And Alienate People (2008)
This is yet another comedy film that stars Simon Pegg. I know that I keep saying it, but after enjoying his various TV comedy shows including Spaced, I was rather pleased to see him successfully make the transfer to films, and becoming a bankable name. Didn’t he do well! And I should also say that there are more reviews of his films planned to come after this one.
Oh yes, fame has definitely brought him a lot of things. How To Lose Friends And Alienate people is loosely based on the memoirs of British journalist Toby Young. After working in Britain, he is offered a job in America, and he plans to shake things up a little while he’s there, but there’s no doubt that it doesn’t go to plan. Well if it did, there wouldn’t be a film really.
Pegg plays Sidney Young (wasn’t he the singer who did “If Only I Could?” Oh no, it wasn’t) who is invited by Sharps magazine to work in the bright lights of New York. Will this Brit be able to continue his work, or will there be a culture clash that he won’t succeed in? His new colleagues watch on in horror as his antics unfold, there are several awkward situations, mostly involving dogs.
His philosophy seems to be that that maybe it is possible to work your way to the top, not by making friends and influencing people, but by doing the exact opposite. Why not just write about celebrities, when you might as well take the chance to pull a few strings, make some contacts, and become one yourself? Oh I say, now that’s not very British is it?
Also featuring among the cast is Gillian Anderson, and this could be classed as a comedy with a romantic edge. How To Lose Friends And Alienate People wasn’t that well received by critics, but it’s always good to see Pegg doing his thing, whatever else is happening. On well, hopefully the offer of Hot Fuzz 2 is still on the table. DVD extras include a commentary, plus deleted scenes, the usual really.