How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Rating – **


aka – How To Lose Fans & Alienate People Who Love Spaced. Simon Pegg is a gifted comic actor, a smart writer and creator of several modern cult classics. But as he becomes a genuine mainstream star (good for him, he deserves to be commercially successful) the films are starting to become bland. This is almost exactly the same film as Run Fat Boy Run. It’s a run of the mill rom-com which has been restructured for Pegg with a few “edgy” bits throw in to disguise the smell of blandness. All of the performances are fine because the main cast get to play to their strengths. Jeff Bridges is always great simply because he’s Jeff Bridges. However, the lame romantic ending sweeps away all credibility to make room for Kirsten Dunst in full Mary Jane mode. I find it hard to image the oldschool Simon Pegg in his Spaced glory days thinking this was a cool film. It’s the sort of fodder he’d mock… probably while eating a Cornetto.

~ by thewholebuffalo on July 18, 2009.

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