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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, Rovi

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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 (113) | Top Critics (45)

This is a fun movie but... it yaps around the ankles of its subject without ever moving in for a decent-sized, satisfying bite.

August 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

November 7, 2008

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

November 7, 2008 | Full Review…

I'm told that several of these characters are easily recognisable to insiders, but outside that small coterie there's still a great deal to enjoy about Sidney's fish-out-of-water exploits.

October 31, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Weide bypasses the impulse to push the film at the usual breakneck comedy movie pace, allowing the conflicts to build slowly and with more thought than the film's premise might otherwise suggest.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Quite apart from the insights into the strange world of showbiz celebrities, the film is enjoyable for its often witty script and the thoroughly engaging characters...

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

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
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
Nicki Marie

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