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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

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Original title
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Running time
110 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Peter Straughan (Memoirs: Toby Young)
David Arnold
Oliver Stapleton
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Number 9 Films / Film4. Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Romance. Comedy | Romantic Comedy. Journalism
Synopsis / Plot
A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York. Sidney Young (Simon Pegg), an aspiring British journalist who runs a failing polemical magazine, attempts to infiltrate a party organized by Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges), the CEO of Sharps, one of the most prestigious magazines in the world. In doing so, he momentarily gains Clayton's sympathy, as the latter began his own career through polemics. Sidney is offered a job at Sharps, and moves to New York City, but he quickly earns the scorn of his colleagues, including Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst) and the manager Lawrence Maddox (Danny Huston), as a result of his rudeness, vulgarity, and general unattractiveness. He discovers that interviews with famous performers must be arranged by an influential publicist named Eleanor Johnson (Gillian Anderson), who imposes restrictions on published content, which offends Sidney, since he enjoys writing polemics. On one occasion, Sidney accidentally kills the dog of a rising actress named Sophie Maes (Megan Fox), to whom Sidney is intensely sexually attracted. To his fortune, Alison, who despises Sidney, agrees to help him conceal the mistake.
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