How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

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Simon Pegg stars as a crusading journalist who is hired by a big glossy magazine and sells out to them…or does he?

You know, the SF writer Alan Dean Foster used to say that if you had a trilogy of books to write, in which the hero saved his mother, his planet and the universe, you had to have them go in that order, because if you did them the other way around, after saving the universe nobody would care about the other two books.

This movie kind of reminds me of that.

Simon Pegg has been in a lot of stuff in the last 14 years, mostly television shows, until he burst into movie theaters in 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, in which he is helping to save his village from zombies. Then Hot Fuzz (2007) in which he saves another village from the bad guys (no details, you have to see it to believe it). Then…this movie, where he, um, doesn’t really do anything except mouth off to people and do stupid stuff.

Sorry, Simon, you’re way too good at the action stuff. This was SUCH an anticlimax. A silly plot, a waste of Pegg’s talent (not to mention Kirsten Dunst’s), really pallid compared to the other two. Sure, there were some funny lines and a couple of good scenes, including the one where Dunst meets Pegg’s father and finds out about his background, and the very last scene at the movie in the park, but overall? this is definitely a renter, you won’t want to see it again. Unlike Shaun and Hot Fuzz, both excellent movies and worth your time for a rewatch.

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