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Plot: A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 03 Oct 2008
Infinitely more than a romantic comedy (by rzajac)
I don't normally like romantic comedies; too often the narrative work is cheap.Time and time again as I watched this film, my jaw dropped, and I said, "This has got to be the best movie I've ever seen." This is an understatedly sophisticated farce, right up there with the best Alan Ayckbourn ever did.I'm not going to talk about the acting/directing/tech issues: They were handled just fine, and we're left free to talk about the glories of the narrative/scenario work.And I'm not even going to do that. The narrative and character development work in this film is of <more>
such a high quality that I almost wouldn't know where to begin describing it. It's an embarrassment of riches.Just trust me when I say that, if you expect quality narrative in a movie--and lamentably tend to be disappointed when, in a moment of weakness, you give some new romantic comedy a whirl--I think I can guarantee you'll be stunned and moved and delighted by this one.Check it out.
How to lose friends and Alienate people came out in 2008. It bombed at U.S. Box offices. It's an absolutely hilarious film with a great cast. Simon Pegg is great playing Sidney Young, who wrote the book "How to lose friends and Alienate people. I know it's not a true story. The only way I know that is because Sidney wants to go out with an actress named Sophie Maes. Sophie Maes doesn't exist, but other than that, the film could be real. How to lose friends and Alienate people is probably the funniest film of 2008, and I think you definitely should see it. As I said earlier, <more>
the film has a fantastic cast including: Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, The Virgin Suicides Danny Huston The Number 23, 30 days of night Gillian Anderson The X-Files Megan Fox Transformers, Confessions of a teenage drama Queen Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, The Vanishing Overall, How to lose friends and Alienate people is hilarious. I think Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst do work well together, and I think you should see it. Though there is some odd nudity including Trans-sexuals, it's a hilarious and awesome comedy. One of Simon Pegg's best.The Plot:Sidney Young, a journalist from England, travels down to New York to work at Sharp magazines. While there, he meets an actress named Sophie Maes and tries to sleep with her before his boss does.
Top #1 movie, but NOT for everyone. (by sand_dune)
To like this movie at most you must be a strongly in love without a marriage b acknowledge English humor which is about admiring gallant and witty life situations and not just running gags c be fairly very intelligent, because authors gave an opportunity to laugh and cry over every single minute of this movie, and only if you meet "b" and "c" requirements, you can recognize and enjoy author's input. d to fully enjoy the movie you must love women like Kirsted Dunst, who is so natural, sweet and irresistible. e you must admire creative, a little melancholic people <more>
with great and remarkable personalitiesif you meet all these requirements you'll be likely to rate this movie near 10 points.I never laughed half ! as much as from watching this masterpiece. And i even managed to cry while laughing in some moments i always get sensitive, whenever good things happen to Kirsten Dunst
Simon Pegg..... You've finally made it!!!! (by DanielHoldsworth)
Amazing performance from Simon Pegg who just gets better and better with every role. As usual he plays the part of a very cringy character who makes you want to hide behind your cushion in embarrassment for him sometimes, but thats what Pegg is all about.The laughs were regular and eye watering and everyone of them aimed at Penn. The movie was very cleverly put together where every character plays a very sophisticated and serious part with Penn being the only humour involved which is a huge credit to the Director Robert Weide.And I cant let this one go without a quick round of applause to <more>
Gilliam Anderson who shone throughout. Highly recommended to all.
Straughan's adaptation of 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People' is a charming and funny albeit familiar film. Yes, the story itself isn't anything new to the screen. The film also had potential of being an engaging satire but it remains rather a feel good romantic comedy. I liked the mixture of American and British humour. It is a well executed film that is rushed in the beginning and clichéd in the end. I enjoyed the mid-sections the most. Pegg, yet again, dominates the movie with his comic power. He's simply hysterical even though he isn't very different from <more>
his other films. Jeff Bridges is fantastic. A smoking Gillian Anderson is cast against type as the neurotic, stuck-up and arrogant publicist. Kirsten Dunst looks quite cute here and delivers a charming performance. Megan Fox pretty much plays herself. 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People' has got some hilarious dialogues brilliantly delivered by the actors. It is the comedic sequences that stand out while the romantic scenes and the more dramatic ones feel rather deja-vu. Pegg proves that he can carry a film on his own and 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People' remains, at the least, highly entertaining.
Slow start, fabulous finish. Jeff Bridges was great! (by bopdog)
Weak start, solid middle, fantastic finish. That's my impression of this film, anyway. I liked Simon Pegg in the two films I've seen him in--- Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead. His role here, though, took a completely different turn. Shows his range as an actor, but nonetheless I really disliked th character as he was portrayed at the beginning.There's a kind of humour I call "frustration comedy." Its supposed "jokes" and wit are really nothing more than painful and awkward moments. Much like the Bean character Rowan Atkinmson plays. There are a number of other <more>
comedic actors who portray similar characters too. I don't mean to bash them here, so will not.But do be warned that if you are like me, and you dislike smarmy and maddeningly bungling idiots, Pegg shows just such characteristics for the first third of this film. It DOES get better, however.I read somewhere that this is based on a true story. Hmmm. Maybe. The film's story stopped being annoying, and became kind of a triumph of the "little guy" in the final third. I don't need all films to be sugar and light--- but coincidentally, as this film got better, it also started to be more and more of a happy ending.It was also a pleasure to see an old favourite, Jeff Bridges, play a role so masterfully. I liked "Iron Man," but was saddened by the fact that Bridges' character was a villain. Purely personal taste, of course, as his acting in that was superb. Nonetheless, he was a marvel here as the Bigger Than Life man of vision, the publisher of Sharps. It was nice to see him in a role that I could actually enjoy.Overall then, I liked it! I just wish I had come in 40 minutes late, and missed the beginning.
Pegg List Grows As This Movie Does Not Fail To Deliver The Laughs (by dobbin-4)
Pegg has had a few hits in the past few years, starting with "Shaun Of The Dead" in 2004, movie on to "Hot Fuzz 2007", early 2008 he came out with "Run Fat Boy Run" and now comes this, "How To Lose Friends And Alienate People" which is in many ways one of my favourite comedy's of the year.The film is about Sidney Yound, a man who writes a failing magazine who makes fun of celebrity's mostly because he is not one of them. Anyway, one of the most successful magazine owners Played By Jeff Bridges invites him Out of nostalgia to work at his <more>
magazine. Sidney is of course excited and moves to America, there he meets a girl currently writing a book, and hilarity ensues.This film is great and I hope more come out like it in the near future. Pegg has once again given people everywhere another good film and I cant wait to the see the third part of the blood and ice cream trilogy "Paul". I Rate this film 81%.
Great fun, absorbing and thought provoking. Plenty of fascinating characters. (by geoffgee)
I was pleasantly surprised to find that How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was nowhere near as 'gross-out' a comedy as the trailer had led me to expect. I rapidly became absorbed in the unfolding of the narrative and remained engrossed throughout. Pacing of the more visual humorous content was, I thought, spot on. I mean I got the impression I was witnessing Pegg's attempts at restoring lost control very much 'in real time', so to speak. At other moments there was time allowed to share the main protagonists' i.e. Pegg's and Dunst's reflection on how <more>
events were affecting them and what had led them to where they now found themselves. All the characters were well cast, to some extent interesting in and of themselves, and generally quite likable. Any apparent ruthless ambition displayed tended to be tempered by a corresponding good natured resilience. An entertaining, intelligently scripted, brilliantly directed and superbly acted film that I would thoroughly recommend.
This movie is better than its audience (by jhseeker)
Oh dear we don't like it when our super-hero love interest develops a brain do we?Something has happened to people, they have lost the ability to enjoy, a simple feel-good, love story/comedy? Kirsten Dunst is a revelation - funny, sexy and real. I laughed out loud ooh at least five times and I'm not ashamed to say had a tear in my eye a couple of times too. The cast, acting and script is great, I watch a lot of films right across the board and I haven't seen one in this genre that has been as successful. Those who disagree please tell me where I can find some! I'm sure the <more>
book is good too but I think you have to judge it on its own merits.