course I'm on the list..."
Young (Pegg) has always wanted to mix with the most famous people in the
world but as a journalistic hack working for his own, unsuccessful magazine,
he struggle to get past security, never making into the celebrity parties.
But when he crashes a BAFTA party hosted by Sharps Magazine, he is noticed
by famed editor Clayton Harding (Bridges) who sees a little of his younger
self in him and offers Sidney a job in New York. The problem is that Sidney
is desperate to make a big impression in the Big Apple but all he does is
come across as a buffoon.
comedic talent are no strangers to becoming stars in Hollywood through romantic
comedies but can Simon Pegg have the same impact?
like Dudley Moore, John Cleese, Eddie Izzard, Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie
made their names on British TV screens before moving to Hollywood and becoming
comedy superstars and it looks like Simon Pegg is following suit. After
making his name on cult TV shows like 'Big Train' and 'Spaced', it was the
movie which he collaborated with director Edgar Wright, 'Shaun of the Dead'
that got him noticed by the Hollywood bigwigs. Suddenly he was appearing
in 'Mission: Impossible III', been cast as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' 'Star
Trek' and 'Shaun…' follow up 'Hot Fuzz' pulled in some of the best British
talent to co-star next to the upcoming star. Now, with a starring role in
a romantic, Hollywood comedy Simon Pegg is teetering on superstardom.
on the semi-autobiographical novel by Toby Young, this is the story of a
London hack called Sidney Young, who wants to climb the journalistic ladder
and cover the show business world from the inside, instead of been thrown
out of all the best showbiz events. When his latest scheme to get into an
after-show BAFTA party goes disastrously wrong, he does get himself noticed
by Sharps Magazine editor Clayton Harding, who offers him his dream job
in New York. Of course this is another fish-out-of-water tale, with Sidney
struggling to fit into his new surroundings but it is Simon Pegg's performance
as the hapless journo that makes the movie a lot more watchable than it
could have been.
British superstar in the making might be the headline grabber but his supporting
cast is also gossip worthy. The movie has not one but two women providing
the love interest for Pegg's Sidney. Firstly we have Kirsten Dunst as Alison
Olsen, the Sharps magazine gossip reporter assigned to reluctantly show
Sidney the ropes. This role isn't really a stretch for Dunst, as she has
carved a career out of playing love interests but the character is still
worth watching. The second is the unbelievably gorgeous Megan Fox as new
Hollywood starlet Sophie Maes, the object of Sidney's. Fox does well in
her portrayal of the attention seeking actress and the fact that she would
consider even been near Sidney is simply because of his every growing position
at the magazine. When you also throw in good, if slightly underused, performances
from Gillian Anderson, Danny Huston and Jeff Bridges, you have a movie worth
to lose friends and alienate people' is a fun comedy movie that showcases
how much talent Simon Pegg has. This movie could have so easily have fallen
into average mediocrity if it wasn't for his presence alone providing most
of the big belly laughs of the piece. Simon your star is definitely rising.
Blu-Ray disc presents the movie in High Definition wide screen 1:85 up to
1080p, with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
Scenes (15.02 mins/Standard Definition)
Entitled 'Thandie Newton', 'Taxi Money', 'Breakdancing', 'Back of the Limo
improv', 'Failure Montage', 'Fantasy applause', 'Han Young/Bathroom/Wizard/Rachel
dance window/Pull out effect/Danny and Simon at the Bar' and 'Cocaine',
these deleted scenes are accompanied by a commentary track to explain why
they were removed.
with Robert Weide and Simon Pegg
The director and his star come together to provide a fun and informative
commentary. Any fans for Simon Pegg will know that the actor really like
to have fun with his commentaries and this is no different as he and the
director talk about all of the shenanigans what went on during filming and
what it was like making the movie.
with Robert Weide
The director provides an informative commentary about the making of 'How
to lose friends and alienate people'. While not as good as the one with
Simon Pegg, this is still worth a listen for those fans that want to know
more about the film.
Gag Reel (31.50 mins/Standard Definition)
Watch the cast have fun on the set, make a hash of their lines and improvise
while making 'How to lose friends and alienate people'.
(17.23 mins/Standard Definition)
Entitled 'First Day', 'Cocaine', 'Thandie Newton', 'Garden Party', 'End
of the Road' and 'Pick up Day/NY', these blogs have contributions by the
director and the cast and crew, taking you behind the scenes of the making
of 'How to lose friends and alienate people'.
Blu-Ray treatment for 'How to lose friends and alienate people' is one that
friends will enjoy. While Paramount continue not to really embrace the HD
format, the extras are still decent by DVD standards but not by Blu-Ray
ones. The commentary tracks are very good and the featurettes are watchable,
making this a good package.
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