How to Lose Friends and Alienate People follows the escapades of Sidney Young (Pegg), a small-time aspiring British celebrity journalist who is hired by an upscale magazine after catching the attention of Clayton Harding (Bridges) during an event by creating a ridiculous scene with the help of a wild pig. Turning in a new direction, Sidney begins his descent into success and re-establishes himself from lonely outsider to confidante of starlet Sophie Maes (Fox), and enters into a love affair with colleague Alison Olsen (Dunst) that will either make him or break him.
When a man named Toby Young passed away, he left a memoir. This tale is what he encountered in his sneak peek span inside Hollywood. Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is a struggling British writer who is having a hard time fitting in after joining a high profile magazine in New York. He’s looked forward to this chance his whole life, but now that it’s here, he may just blow it over a love interest or just downright carelessness. Sophie Maes (Megan Fox) is a young, yet advancing actress who needs Young’s help to make it big. They’ll both have to help one another, while Young ponders his interest in yet another woman around the office. It would take a guy with a lot of smarts to get through this, and unfortunately, Young is not that guy.
I didn’t know anything about the plot to this farce before watching it. I just was impressed with the wicked combination in the cast, and thought it had to be half decent. I was pretty close to dead on indeed. It was a pretty entertaining movie, but I wouldn’t beg anybody to watch it. It’s just something different, that rolls like a Woody Allen movie, only with more sharp wielded humor. Pegg fans will enjoy his efforts, and Fox fans will just appreciate the scenes that she’s in. Check it out when there isn’t anything far more exciting that jumps out at you. It’s simply a popcorn movie that you don’t retain much from.
Review by Charlie Giltenboth