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How to Lose Friends Trailer Arrives as Author Disses SATC

Just as author Toby Young has finished giving us his "man's take" on the Sex and the City movie — a bitter little piece in which Young calls the SATC New York a "pre-feminist society" where "[w]omen are second-class citizens who are expected to use their youth and beauty as commodities in order to secure their economic wellbeing" by marrying rich men — the international trailer has hit the Web for the film version of Young's memoir How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

Clearly, Young loves to do just that — provoke and provoke until, yes, he alienates people. It's not so much that I disagree wholeheartedly with his assessment of the SATC world, but I do take issue with his claim that "the notion that girls like Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda will always be there for each other, no matter what the cost — is a sentimental myth." Is he a woman? Does he have any true insight into female relationships, among "golddigging" New Yorkers or otherwise? No.

Anyway, the international trailer for How to Lose Friends and Alienate People looks no better than the teaser trailer did, and as much as I love Simon Pegg, I just don't feel all that inclined to watch this film about a writer who unwittingly finds himself caught up within a world of glamour and celebrity. Especially since, from the movie's description it sounds like this main character, Sidney Young (Simon Pegg, playing Toby Young's "character") fancies himself above, well, everyone else in the world. What's enjoyable about watching someone like that?

To see the trailer — warning: there is one moment of NSFW language —



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VennieB VennieB 9 years
this movie doesn't look the slightest bit entertaining...
SmallTownFab SmallTownFab 9 years
RockAndRepublic, i definitely agree. Love Gillian!!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Id see it based on the trailer alone. However, Gillian Anderson is in it, im definitely seeing it.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this really doesn't look very appealing!
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I read the book several years back and remember enjoying it. I think that being based on the book, and with Simon Pegg, it's bound to be funny.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i've heard so much about this project and i can't wait to see more of it. i think that sometimes people feel the need to 'diss' other thigns in order to create buzz...and i guess it works.
bibliophile bibliophile 9 years
I agree with Toby Young's quote, as well. I know from personal experience just how spiteful and backstabbing women can be, particularly when men are involved. He likens the NY dating scene to Jane Austen's world, which I find fascinatingly true. Of course, there are those female relationships that are strong and supportive, where there is mutual understanding and acceptance and love. And when you are lucky enough to have loyal and trustworthy friends, well, there's nothing better.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I love Simon Pegg, but this looks like a stinker.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I love Simon Pegg so I'll probably check this out!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I cant wait to see this too! :) I am very excited. And I think this dude definately has a point. I would agree that the notion that girls like Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda will always be there for each other, no matter what the cost is a sentimental myth.
LVBelleAme LVBelleAme 9 years
I absolutely love Simon Pegg, I can't wait to see this!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I read this book AGES ago...and am pretty sure I liked it. Maybe I would see the movie - if not to remember if I liked the story?
ronja ronja 9 years
I'm not going to watch this.
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