HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIEN­ATE PEO­PLE (2008) ELEVEN, 8.30PM, M, COM­EDY

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

From his cult TV se­ries Spaced to the bril­liance of Shaun oftheDead and HotFuzz, Bri­tish co­me­dian Si­mon Pegg is the em­bod­i­ment of wit. But put him in projects with­out his part­ners in satire Edgar Wright and Nick Frost and he sadly falls flat (like in the for­get­table RunFat­boyRun). Pegg plays Sid­ney Young, a cock­sure Lon­don satirist strug­gling to fit in at a New York mag­a­zine. De­ter­mined to forge a glit­ter­ing ca­reer on his own terms, he finds a friend in like-minded col­league Ali­son (Kirsten Dunst) and soon re­alises in­tegrity plays sec­ond fid­dle to syco­phancy in the va­pid world of celebrity. Based on Bri­tish author Toby Young’s tome about his spec­tac­u­lar burnout at Van­i­tyFair, this light­weight com­edy plays like a poor man’s TheDevil WearsPrada, which was also based around a Man­hat­tan glossy, but also con­tained some in­sight­ful ob­ser­va­tions about the pit­falls of work­place suc­cess. ★★★

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