How To Lose Friends And Alienate People (2008)


Sidney Young is reporter, editor, and publisher for the alternative zero budget Post-Modern Review magazine in London; a satirical rag eager to lambast the biggest egos in the entertainment world. Although he prides himself on his integrity, choosing to gush sycophantically only on his own terms, Sidney is also a looky-loo, dazzled by celebrity and beauty. After a disastrous attempt to crash an awards bash it’s something of a shock when Clayton Harding, the New York based editor of world famous Sharps magazine, offers him a job! Eager to leave the daily grind of his apartment-come-office he arrives in the Big Apple with his anarchic nose twitching. Slipping into his alter ego Clark Baxter, for whom no rule was meant to be left unbroken, Sidney plunges head first into New York’s party lifestyle and the religion of celebrity. But all is not what he hoped at Sharps. Thinking he has finally arrived, Sidney is disappointed by the straight-laced atmosphere in his new workplace, and is determined to shake things up, and finally get a story published. Sidney’s non-PC devil-may-care attitude ruffles the feathers of his immediate superior, Lawrence Maddox and instantly upsets colleague Alison Olsen who so far seems to have survived the cutthroat world of glossy magazine publishing to become the magazine’s arts correspondent. His antics, bringing a stripper to the office, and blunders, spitting food in the elevator, and getting drunk at a July 4th party in the Hamptons increasingly endanger his reputation and livelihood. Labeled by Maddox as Sharps’ “very own Idiot Savant, without the Savant”, Sidney isn’t trusted to talk to the celebrities, let alone write about them.

Original title: How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
Director: Robert B. Weide
Cast: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Anderson, Danny Huston
Production year: 2008
Genre: ,
Runtime: 1h, 50m
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