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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - comedy roast DVD / Comedy Central DVD review
HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Kelan Pannell, Janette Scott
Director Robert B. Weide   Distributor: MGM Video & DVD
DVD release: 17 February 2009   Runtime: 110 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English, Spanish), Audio commentary (w/ dir. Robert Weide, Simon Pegg), Audio commentary w/ dir. Robert Wide, Sharp interviews, Making-of featurette

Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) runs a small UK-based magazine that pokes fun and ridicules the rich and famous. He's on more black lists than Mel Gibson, so he has to be inventive when crashing celebrity events. He'll do whatever it takes to get in, including disguising himself as a waiter or escorting a pig who's allegedly the star of Babe 3. What facts he can scrounge up he scrounges up; whatever he can't, he'll make up.

U.S. magazine superstar Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges) calls Young to work for him in New York, an assignment he takes onwith zeal. He's introduced to intern Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst) so she can show him the ropes. She tolerates the ham-fisted Brit as he steps on toes and tactlessly bumbles his way through the job. When taken to a celebrity fundraiser, he completely neglects to kiss the appropriate ass when it's laid before him. Indeed, he refuses to do so on principle, even though it affects his intended job performance.

The one thing that threatens to change everything is the introduction of Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). Maes' publicist, Eleanor Johnson (Gillian Anderson), fairly serves Maes up on a platter if only Young will do a butt-kissing feature on brainless up-and-coming director Vincent Lepak (Max Minghella).

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is a humorous look at the machine that promotes Hollywood stars. It's cynical to the extent that there are talentless but beautiful people awarded prize roles and awards based largely on their publicist's ability to manipulate the media. The media is somewhat at the mercy of the publicists who control the exposure of their clients. In order to get access to popular stars, they have to allow the publicist to have final word on the articles written.

Don't miss the trailer for Theresa: The Making of a Saint, the movie-within-a-movie that garners such acclaim - it's hilarious.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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