Monday, February 16, 2009

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People


So yes, this film is based on the memoir of Toby Young, however it is cliqued and predictable. But that doesn't mean it was bad, infact for the most part it was funny and enjoyable. While in the first 5 minutes you know exactly where it is headed, getting there is rather amusing!

Simon Pegg plays Sidney Young, a British writer who winds up getting a job at a New York based high profile magazine called Shapre, run by editor Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges). Of course as he arrives, he does the alienating! From wearing inappropriate clothes to work on the first day, to saying and doing the wrong things. You will cringe and feel awfully embarrassed for Sidney! He meets co-worker Alison played by Kirsten Dunst and naturally they strike up a friendship despite how much he annoys her. Then there is the up and coming actress Sophie Maes played by the fox Megan Fox, whom he has a crush on. Naturally Sidney finds out, that with the celebrities he has to write approved articles from their publicist Eleanor (Gillian Anderson looking mighty fine I might add), which he does not feel right doing, thus making him more an outcast. I wont go into much more of the plot, as you can guess what happens anyway.

Simon Pegg suits this kind of role, so he rather good as Sidney. Kirsten Dunst was alright, their chemistry was so-so, some scenes worked while others didn't. Megan Fox had an easy role to played and she looked good, nothing to complain about. (Check out the faux trailer for the Mother Teresa biopic Megan Fox's chatacter stars in, within the film, very funny, it is on YouTube) Jeff Bridges had a small role but he worked, his hair was a character of its own actually.
This is in the vein of something like The Devil Wears Prada, only the poor man's version of it. This certainly wont be for everyone, but not a bad way to spend an evening.

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