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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)



Critic Consensus: A decent performance from Pegg in a disappointing film. Neither sharp nor satirical, Weide's adaptation relies too heavily on slapstick, and misses the point of the source material in the process.

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Frequent Curb Your Enthusiasm director Robert B. Weide makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of British writer Toby Young's comedic novel of the same name. When self-promoting scribe Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) accepts a position as a contributing editor for iconic fashion magazine "Sharps," his subsequent attempts to ingratiate himself with both his egotistical boss, Clayton Harding, and the superficial celebrities who populate the pages of the magazine prove disastrously hilarious. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Toby Young, Peter Straughan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Box Office: $2.5M


Simon Pegg
as Sidney Young
Kirsten Dunst
as Alison Olsen
Gillian Anderson
as Eleanor Johnson
Jeff Bridges
as Clayton Harding
Megan Fox
as Sophie Maes
Danny Huston
as Lawrence Maddox
Max Minghella
as Vincent Lepak
Miriam Margolyes
as Mrs. Kowalski
Bill Paterson
as Richard Young
Diana Kent
as Rachel Petkoff
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Critic Reviews for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (31)

Where the movie succeeds is in its sudden right turns, its willingness to kill a dog, always a bold choice, and its consistent emphasis of the comedy over the romance.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

What we have is a comedy that's not that great, a romance that's not that convincing and a movie that's sadly not that special. Now that's how you lose friends and alienate people.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

droseri, ana diastimata asteia, alla en genei filodoksi apopeira aythadeias me eynoyhismenes eilikrineis protheseis kai bretaniko flegma kommeno stis akres gia na horesei se amerikaniko kaloypi romenti, opoy niotheis synehos na leipoyn pragmata

Full Review… | March 22, 2009
Movies for the Masses

The makings of an uncompromising, razor sharp satire were gathered together here. That the resulting movie slips off track as much as it does is particularly disappointing.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Apollo Guide

A fun movie worth checking out.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People


Trying to clear off my DVR, I saw that I had this one there and realized it's one of those movies I've always wanted to watch, but just didn't. So, I finally gave it a shot, and man I wish I would have watched this a few years ago. I love Simon Pegg movies, he is the best geeky/comedy actor out there and I can't think of a real bad movie that he has done. Here he plays Sidney Young, an independent journalist who starts to work for "Sharps", the number one fashion/pop culture magazine. From there he messes everything up, pisses everyone off, and finds out the life he wanted all along, may not be all it's cracked up to be. This has a great supporting cast with Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Kirstin Dunst, Megan Fox, and Gillian Anderson. Just wish Nick Frost had popped up somewhere. If your into the "Office" or other Ricky Gervais humor then this is right up your alley. Lot of goofball, uncomfortable situations help make a pretty plain story very funny. Good comedy that flew under the radar that deserves to discovered or rediscovered all over again.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


It´s not so bad as I imagined. Let says it works. It has a mix of British and American humour (American "humour") , shows very well Hollywood´s little world and makes lot of references to the great Fellini´s "La Dolce Vita", the best film about the "celebrity journalism" from where, by the way, the word paparazzi comes.

*Sophie Maes crossing the swimming pool with La Dolce Vita´s theme song palying in the background is a direct reference to the scene of Sylvia in the Fontana di Trevi. In my opinion, it is better than the original scene.

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer


Kirsten Dunst is the only bright spot in this mess (and even she is not at her best). . Now I know why it took me years to get around to watching it.
Stupid storyline and bad acting. And Megan Fox. Ack!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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