How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Review

10 Oct

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Last weekend I got to see one of my favorite actors star in a new movie. Simon Pegg stars in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People with Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox and Gillian Anderson. This movie is based on a memoir of the same name. I have not read the book but I do know that the movie is not true to the book, so don’t take what happens in this movie as something that actually happened.

The movie follows a young British celebrity journalist, Sydney Young (Pegg) who is invited to New York to work for a large magazine Sharps Magazine, owned by Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges). It is revealed that what attracted Young to Harding is that Young reminded Harding of himself at a younger age. Jeff Bridges character is hilarious and interacts with Pegg wonderfully in their roles. I love Jeff Bridges with the long hair!

You already may be thinking to yourself that you have never seen a “Sharps Magazine” at your local newsstand. This is a replacement for “Vanity Fair.” All of the names have also been changed to protect the innocent, I presume. Toby Young is the author of the memoir, in the movie the characters name is Sydney Young.

Sydney meets an attractive Allison Olsen (Dunst) at a bar and later finds himself working at a desk right next to her. She tries to explain to Sydney the ways to advance himself in the company, but he is too stuck on doing things “his way.” Sydney finds himself annoying the boss Clayton with his brashness.

As the movie goes along you can see the beginnings of a romance between Allison and Sydney but Allison is dating a jerk, a married jerk at that, and Sydney is too dumb to realize how great she is. Sydney spends most of his time playing pranks and going against the grain which leads to one of the funniest (and most shocking) moments of the movie.

The first time Sydney and Allison met, Allison set Sydney up with “Bobbi” and they get drunk and go home and you see when it is revealed that “Bobbi” is “Bobby” and has a penis. Later in the movie Sydney hires Bobby to strip for the aforementioned married jerk. In a rare moment of full frontal male nudity you see Bobby for all he’s worth. In Hollywood fashion, cue the wife and kids. Sydney being the quick one grabs Bobby’s penis to cover it from the kids. I was falling out of my seat I was laughing so hard.

In the end Sydney begins to “play the game” and move up the company and while he does this he grows close to a hot young actress, Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). She ends up promising to have sex with him if she wins the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Mother Teresa in the movie “Teresa: The Making of a Saint.” This fake movie follows the sexual tension of this super hot nun. Check out this trailer!

The movie is a non-stop comedy that I loved. Simon Pegg is the man and the rest of the cast was strong. The movie is often unbelievable but movies are supposed to be a great escape.

I give this movie only 2.5 out of 5 stars, but you definitely should check it out if you are looking for a good laugh!


2 Responses to “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Review”

  1. mom October 12, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    i am confused on your rating system
    have you seen a movie you would give a “five”to?

  2. Joe O. October 12, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    If there were a perfect movie then it would get a 5, but if it were perfect then all other movies would have to cease to be made so no I don’t think I can ever give a 5.

    I understand its confusing, I really did enjoy the movie and I gave it a low rating…call me crazy!

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