In this funny fish-out-of-water tale, "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" tracks the outrageous escapades of Sidney Young (Simon Pegg), a smalltime, bumbling, British celebrity journalist who is hired by an upscale magazine in New York City. In spectacular fashion Sidney enters high society and burns bridges with bosses, peers and superstars.
This film reminds us to laugh and view life in a lighter way. The film turns tragic situations into comedic moments. This is also a great way to approach life. Regretfully, most of us view life as a tragedy (negative) instead of as a comedy (positive).
Comedian Lewis Black is correct when he says, “There's no measure to the value of comedy-- it's sanity maintenance, it's what keeps people on their toes, it's what provides humility, it's the insulation -- not only does it open us but it insulates us from everything.”
The producers of this film join with God in establishing a new commandment: “Thou Shalt Laugh!”
Director: Robert B. Weide
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug material)
Screenwriters: Peter Straughan, Toby Young
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, Megan Fox, Max Minghella, Jeff Bridges