Friday, 31 October 2008
How To Lose Friends and Alienate People
Simon Pegg is the inept trashy British celebrity magazine journalist who is recruited by Jeff Bridges' high powered New York publisher to work on his publication under the tutelage of Kirsten Dunst and Danny Huston.
The notion that someone of Pegg's incompetence would be recruited to an influential New York publishing house is unlikely. Pegg's character is given the words to explain it away but I found it even more unlikely that he would be retained in the job as long as he is, given the initial impression he conveys in the workplace.
You have to swallow a big dose of disbelief watching this film through to its conclusion. Whilst the film takes some strange twists, the eventual outcome is always obvious. Pegg is quite humorous somewhat in the style of Ricky Gervais in The Office. He also is quite a dab hand at dancing viewed from my perspective as a gay man with two left feet.
That wonderful British character actress, Miriam Margolyes, who we love not only because she is an unabashed Lesbian but because she has taken up residence and citizenship in Australia has a funny turn as Pegg's New York landlady.
A bit of a nonsense film but quite humorous.
UPDATE: I have read since that the film is adapted from a book about a British journalist's ill-fated stint with Vanity Fair. Mmmmmm...truth is stranger than fiction.