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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE” -- It’s EASY to do in this film!

Review of film:  HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE  --  It’s EASY to do in this film!  =    
                                               [ Rating:  6 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Oct 2, 2008 | Rel. Date: Oct 3, 2008

[From an advance preview:]  The title “says it all”, as it tells the story of a British writer named Sidney (SIMON PEGG) who’s brought to work at the NYC office of an often “politically-correct” magazine by its once-rebellious editor (JEFF BRIDGES)...

... Sidney is a rude, crude & lewd dude, whose slovenly, excessive & blundering ways soon alienate many of those around him, including his boss Alison (KIRSTEN DUNST, who’s quite breezy and enjoyable in the role)...

...  Sidney tends to shift between being a very moralistic & straightforward writer, to being a butt-kissing hack flack, and then back again...

...  PEGG does a good job in his often-off-putting role, & Bridges is appropriately bemused much of the time...

...  But, while there are a number of mild laughs, overall, I found the film pretty WEAK. It’s not bad in any particular way, but I feel it could’ve been far better if it more clearly went towards whatever it was trying to get across or highlight (either the humor or the efforts towards honest reporting).

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