How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

MGM Released 2008


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Robert B. Weide
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is a 2008 British comedy based on Toby Young's memoir of the same name. The film follows Sidney Young (Simon Pegg), a left-wing journalist, who lands a job at prestigious Sharp Magazine, after impressing editor-in-chief Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges) with a stunt involving a pig. Almost immediately, Sidney begins to annoy the staff at Sharp with his disdain for the superficial culture of celebrities and gossip, the mainstay of the magazine. Eager to climb the corporate ladder, however, Sidney makes it his mission to cultivate friendships with the rich and famous. His first attempt fails miserably when he accidentally kills Cuba, the dog of powerful publicist Eleanor Johnson (Gillian Anderson). Luckily, with the help of co-worker Alison Olsen (Kristen Dunst), he is able to cover-up the dog's death. Alison and Sidney soon become fast friends and she reveals to him that she is having an on-again-off-again affair with her boss, Lawrence Maddox (Danny Huston). Sidney is then promoted to Lawrence's former position and now has the status and power he always dreamed of, along with fame seeking starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). But his dreams are short-lived when he has to face the truth of who he really is and what happened to the dog.moreless

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    The putrid showbiz comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People appears to hit DEFCON 5 in mistaking its brand of moral laxity for cutesy irreverence.

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Cleverly titled but noxious British comedy.

  • 0

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The crushingly unfunny and slopped-together How to Lose Friends & Alienate People has neither the ambition nor the intelligence to do justice to its source material.

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance