How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)

03 October 2008

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Comic genius Simon Pegg [Hot Fuzz, Run Fat Boy Run] joins an all-star cast, including Kirsten Dunst [Spider-Man trilogy, Bring It On, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind], Megan Fox [Transformers], Gillian Anderson [The X-Files, Last King of Scotland], Danny Huston [The Constant Gardener] and Jeff Bridges [The Big Lebowski, K-Pax, Iron Man] in an adaptation of Toby Young’s best-selling book.

How To Lose Friends & Alienate People chronicles Sidney Young’s descent from promising journalist to dismal failure at New York’s most prestigious magazine. He cuts a swathe through Manhattan for all the wrong reasons and his bad manners and vulgar pranks lead to monumental mishaps with hilarious consequences, until finally and improbably he wins the heart of his true love.

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"It's fluffy enough to make for easy viewing yet none of Young's sarcasm and humour were lost in the process"

How to Loose Friends and Alienate People is one of my favourite books of all time - not surprising really seeing as I'm a journalist reporting on celebrities (well, kind of). So I was very, VERY apprehensive about this film. Surely they were going to ruin it? But I was wrong! I loved this film.

It's fluffy enough to make for easy viewing yet none of Young's sarcasm and humour were lost in the process. By stepping away from the book and using it purely as a basis these guys have achieved the ultimate goal of keeping the old fans happy while simultaneously appealing to a new audience.

Cast wise, Pegg was outstanding with his countless facial expressions lighting up every scene without muttering a line. I think Dunst's performance could have been tighter in places but she does her speciality - the girl next door - superbly.

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  • Venue
  • Vue Leicester Square, London
  • Celebrities in Attendence
  • Simon Pegg
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Andy Serkis
  • Anna Popplewell
  • Margo Stille
  • Martin Freeman
  • Nick Frost
  • The Guillemots
  • Premiere Date
  • 24 September 2008