How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
A British writer, Sidney Young, struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York. He is a disillusioned intellectual who both adores and despises the world of celebrity, fame and glamour. His alternative magazine, Post Modern Review, pokes fun at the media obsessed stars and bucks trends, and so when Young is offered a job at the diametrically opposed conservative New York based Sharps magazine its something of a shock. It seems Sharps editor Clayton Harding is amused by Young’s disruption of a post-BAFTA party with a pig posing as Babe. Thus begins Sidney’s descent into success. What makes the film interesting is it’s based on British journalist, Toby Young’s, 2001 memoir about his failed five-year attempt to make it in the U.S. as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine.