How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

This movie (of which I got a sneak peek, since it’s not due out on DVD until this upcoming Tues. 2/17) was hysterical. First off, I love Simon Pegg (of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). He is a supurb comedian, master of physical comedy and intellectual comedy, as well as low-brow comedy. The plot summary from Internet Movie Database is as follows:
“Sidney Young is a disillusioned intellectual who both adores and despises the world of celebrity, fame and glamor. His alternative magazine, Post Modern Review, pokes fun at the media obsessed stars and bucks trends, and so when Young is offered a job at the diametrically opposed conservative New York based Sharps magazine its something of a shock! It seems Sharps editor Clayton Harding is amused by Young’s disruption of a post-BAFTA party with a pig posing as Babe. Thus begins Sidney’s descent into success – his gradual move from derided outsider to confidante of starlet Sophie Maes – and a love affair with colleague Alison Olsen, that will either make him or break him.”

Alison Olsen is played by Kirsten Dunst, who is not one of my favorite actresses, but in this role I liked her, she fit the bill perfectly. And it’s always nice to see Jeff Bridges (as Sharps editor, Clayton Harding) in a good role.  There was a Lebowski reference in the movie as well as several others from previous Simon Pegg movies.

Overall, I give this movie an A as far as comedy and romance and highly recommend it.

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