This movie is like a Simon Pegg movie about coming to America. Based on a book by Toby Young “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People”, it follows the rise to fame of a Sidney Young, a small time celebrity journalist. He is asked to come to New York to work for a famous magazine Sharp. This is where things get complicated. The real Toby Young’s life was actually much more chaotic and venomous, making this more of “inspired by true events” movie. The trailer proudly announces that this is going to be a light romantic comedy and it doesn’t stray from that promise. I guess what most people expected was bit more edgy satire, but what are you going to do…
Jokes are good and well-constructed, although not that brutal. I guess they had to water them down a bit for a general public. The same goes for the overused slapstick humor that draws too much attention away from the main story. Everyone did their job well, and as an end result we have a good comedy with a romantic underlining. Simon Pegg was phenomenal and with the support of some really actors (Anderson, Dunst and Bridges) he tied together different aspects of this movie into one relatively coherent storyline. Script is the best thing in this movie and it shows all the events that are happening behind the curtain in such a power-hungry place. So if you want to relax and laugh a bit, check out this flick, enjoy.
Director: Robert B. Weide
Cast: Simon Pegg, Megan Fox, Gillian Anderson, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges
Fun Facts: Toby Young, the man around whom the film is based, was banned from the set as he was reportedly annoying actors and interrupting Robert B. Weide as he tried to direct scenes.