How to Lose Friends & Alienate People-DVD Review

how_to_lose_friends_and_alienate_people_ver2_xlgWell, asking your friends to watch this DVD might do exactly as the title suggested. This movie was just plain bad. I was disappointed because I love Simon Pegg, I think he’s hilarious. I knew this movie might be bad because it had Kirsten Dunst as the leading lady, but I thought I’d give it a chance.
The opening scene was funny, and I found myself laughing out loud. Simon Pegg plays Sidney Young, a British magazine journalist who both idealizes and abhors celebrities. He writes for an alternative magazine that pokes fun at celebrities, but then he gets hired for Sharp magazine in the states, which is a conservative magazine idealizing them. He basically sells out to the man for affordable health insurance and a fat paycheck. His colleague, Alison Olsen, played by Kirsten Dunst, is a wannabe writer who works for the magazine looking for connections. The plot of the movie is extremely predictable. Sidney is charmed by the stars and the sexy actress Sophie Maes, played by Meghan Fox, and she promises him a night in bed if she wins best actress. Simon Pegg does his best with this role, but the writing was just slapstick and silly. There could have been a lot more done with this concept: making fun of celebrities and how important they think they are, when really they’re just shallow twits. But instead, Simon just makes fun of himself, there’s a bit of gross out humor, and Kirsten once again does the acting job of a piece of cardboard. Definitely leave this DVD on the shelf.

One thought on “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People-DVD Review

  1. I loved this movie. I thought it was hilarious, well written, and wonderfully acted. If the plot is predictable it is only because it’s based on a true story, and nothing is more predictable than things ‘based on a true story’. I don’t understand why so many people have suddenly decided that they hate Kirsten Dunst. It’s like the new movie fad or something. i think she did a great job with a somewhat less than interesting role. I’d rather watch her than boring Megan Fox who would be nowhere if she didn’t have every 13 year old boy in the world googling her pictures for personal pleasure. Sidney Young’s character is written very well as to how he is in real life, a self righteous annoying loudmouth who always does a better job at making himself look like an idiot than anyone else around him.

    In my humblest of opinions, it’s a wonderfully hilarious wry bit of humor, dripping with sarcasm and poking fun at everything celebrity obsessed people hold dear.

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