Memoirs are still the craze when it comes to literature.  People like David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs were made famous because of their literary persuasion.  The growing popularity of public radio shows such as This American Life strongly demonstrates this as well.  It all started with Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt and it simply went on and on from there.  Now everyone is publishing memoirs, even the British writer Toby Young.  His satiric memoir about his rise to fame through connections and luck has been made into a movie which is now ready on DVD.

Starting this February 17th, now available on DVD from MGM Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes a story about the pursuit of fame and all the hilarity and heartbreak it takes to get there.  How To Lose Friends And Alienate People is ready to blast right out of your television screen and show you a fantastic and completely hilarious piece of life.  Bring home this very funny film today!

Sidney Young is a very intelligent writer from England who runs his own magazine.  Yet while he is on a project, he attracts the attention of Clayton Harding.  Harding asks him to come write for his magazine and so off he goes to New York City.  Instead of working hard to impress those around him, he is always upsetting and offending them.  For whatever reason, rising star Sophie Maes makes him her confidant and his rise to fame begins.  Throw in an affair with coworker Alison Olson and everything is right on the brink of falling apart.  This movie stars Simon Pegg, Jeff Bridges, Kirsten Dunst and Megan Fox.

The special features included in this DVD are a widescreen presentation of this film, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, English, Spanish and French subtitles, along with an optional audio commentary from director Robert Weide and actor Simon Pegg.

I adore Simon Pegg.  I have seen all of his movies and think he is one of the funniest British actors working right now.  Jeff Bridges is magnificent in this movie and the sense of displacement that he puts on everyone around him is just great.  Kirsten Dunst often makes a movie worse, but she plays this role well and the whole movie is better for it.  Also, Megan Fox is so hot in this movie, which you can’t tell anyone I said, because a coworker and I disagree solidly on this, with me coming down on the side that she isn’t that good looking.  This movie is so funny because it’s such a hilarious look at how crazy and unimportant fame really is, but we are still so infatuated with it.  When this movie finishes making fun of its targets, we are all brought down a notch or two.

You won’t want to Lose sight of this fantastic little movie.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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