How to Lose Friends and Alienate People 

Without its funny British lead, this movie would fall into the category of films immediately destined for scheduling on Comedy Central Saturday afternoons—not exactly the height of humor. Though it only narrowly misses comedic doom, it provides some laughs.

After crashing a celebrity party, extreme low-budget British tabloid purveyor Sidney Young (Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead) gets invited to work for a high-powered NYC publisher (Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski). If only Young can quit screwing around and quash the crush he's developed for an airheaded young superstar actress (Megan Fox, Transformers), he might just be able to make his dreams of becoming a successful writer come true.

This film does not feel fresh. Luckily for producers, they cast Pegg instead of a Vince Vaughn or Will Ferrell; the film would've completely languished if they had. But Pegg is still only barely good enough to keep the script afloat. At least Fox is a mostly fresh face—and yet, revisiting this movie after she's made a few more movies will sink it even further, I'm sure.

In my mind, forcefully funny films about screw-ups are falling further and further behind films with more realistic characters and more natural laughs. And more than likely, folks from Idaho will probably find very little in common with a wannabe jetsetter moving from London to New York.

If you're desperate for new-release laughs, feel free to venture here, otherwise, revisit Pegg's older, much more British-flavored work and you'll find more to love.

This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.

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