How To Lose Friends and Alienate People
is a 2008 comedy film loosely based on Toby Young's memoir by the same name. It stars Simon Pegg
, Kirsten Dunst
, Megan Fox
, Jeff Bridges
and Gillian Anderson
The movie concerns a smalltime British journalist trying to make it big in New York City's world of upscale magazines. (Hilarity Ensues
This film provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: One character is shown to love White Russians. His boss is played by Jeff Bridges.
- Adam Westing: Megan Fox plays a ditzy and attractive Hollywood starlet with questionable acting skills.
- Adaptation Name Change: Toby Young is named Sidney in the movie.
- Alpha Bitch: Eleanor Johnson and Sophie Maes.
- An Aesop: Success often comes at the expense of intergrity and nonconformity.
- Betty and Veronica: with Alison (smart, sincere) as Betty and Sophie Maes (seductive, successful, vapid) as Veronica.
- Sidney himself is the Betty for Lawrence Maddox's Veronica.
- Book Ends: an early scene with the "thin red line" separating the stars from the commoners gets an Ironic Echo close to the end of the movie.
- Brainless Beauty: Sophie.
- Deadpan Snarker: many characters, but Alison probably takes the cake.
- Fictional Counterpart: Sharp's bears quite a bit of similarity to Vanity Fair.
- Funny T Shirt: Sidney waltzes into office on the first day of work wearing a T-shirt that reads "Young, Dumb & Full of Come". The staff of the magazine are not impressed, and his new boss simply chucks the one Sidney gave him out a window.
- Hidden Depths: happens with at least two characters. Lawrence is the "poet" Alison was going out with. Sidney has a Master's in Philosophy.
- Hollywood Hype Machine: discussed in-universe, with the characters of Sophie Maes and Vincent Lepak.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Sidney's wardrobe, basically.
- Instructional Title
- In with the In Crowd: the movie starts with Sidney, decked in a tux and an expensive watch, accompanying a foxy starlet to a gala event. The rest of the movie shows how he got to that point and whether or not it was worth it.
- Lady in Red: Sophie during the awards ceremony.
- Memento MacGuffin: Sidney's mother's ring.
- Most Writers Are Writers: most of the characters are journalists, and some of them have hobbies like writing novels or poetry.
- Ms. Fanservice: Sophie Maes, in-universe and out.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Clayton Harding is based on Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, and Eleanor Johnson on Nadine Johnson, a high-powered publicist.
- Not So Different: Clayton Harding, who started his journalistic career in a vein similar in Sidney's and gets a Not so Above It All moment at the end of the movie.
- Pretty in Mink: Sophie shows up to an event wearing a white fox fur wrap, despite her claims of being an animal rights activist.
- Slobs Versus Snobs
- Transsexual: the girl Sidney picks up at a bar on his first night in NYC.