Thursday, 13 February 2014

[Movie Review] How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)

Movie Title     : How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Directed by    : Robert B. Weide
Produced by   : Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen
Based on       : How to Lose Friends&Alienate People by Toby Young
Distributed by : Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
My Rating       : 3.5 of 5


How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is a British comedy film about Sidney Young (Simon Pegg), a British journalist who works for a left-wing radical magazine. He always tries to get along with cool and popular people, but since he is not an important man, he always fails. But then, one day, his life changes forever. He is hired by Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges) to work for an upscale magazine in New York City - Sharps magazine. Sidney annoys the staffs he works with, first Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst), who is only there to pay the bills while finishing her novel, then his boss, Lawrence Maddox (Danny Huston). Sidney makes it his mission to become something within the business, however, it is almost ruined for several times. 
Alison and Sidney's relationship grows from time to time, but then it is revealed that Lawrence has left his wife for Alison.

Then it leads both Alison and Lawrence leaving their job, which makes Sidney get promoted.Sidney finally becomes successful, even catching the eye of the new rising star, Sophie Maes (Megan Fox), whom Sidney adores. He even gives his late mother's ring to her. He then meets Lawrence, stating that he and Alison split as she was in love with him. When the winner is revealed (Sophie), as she is going to get her award, Sidney realizes he does not really love Sophie and asks for his ring back, then, after a heated exchange, he steals back the ring from Sophie, quits his job and heads back to New York. He meets Alison who has finished her book and the two finally get together, with him giving her his mother's ring. 

This is a hilarious movie. Simon Pegg is really talented, especially to be funny. I always knew it from the first time I saw his face. I watched this movie this morning. I knew it from a novel that I read, and became curious of it. It's not the best movie, but I love the magazine company environment, and it sure is a funny and entertaining movie. Even the ending is funny. Well, it is a happy romantic ending, but there's this one scene in the very end that is really hilarious. Sorry, I don't want to spoil it. The casts are really talented. They play their roles really well. I'm so happy one of the characters wants to be a novelist like I do. The title is interesting, isn't it? Long and making me curious.

I also posted this review on my Bubblews account. Check it out!

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