Its hard to imagine a worse adaptation of a great book than How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. In fact, it now seems more likely that the filmmakers behind this comedy did everything in their power to disregard author Toby Youngs memoir about his time at Vanity Fair, a scathing satire of our celebrity-obsessed culture. How did a book that featured a host of real-life celebrities and tyrants of the media biz garner only two cameos upon the leap to the big screen? Thandie Newton is great, but ... Brian Austin Green? Really? More confusing are the constant visual and musical references to a Fellinis fairy tale about celebrity, La Dolce Vita, a comparison no one involved in this project should have courted (110 min.).
Director: Robert B. Weide
Writer: Peter Straughan and Toby Young
Producer: Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen
Cast: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, Megan Fox, Max Minghella, Jeff Bridges, Margo Stilley, Kimberly Magness and Eliezer Meyer