How to Lose Friends and Alienate People/Ghost Town (DVD)
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Double bill of 2008 film comedies. 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People' (2008) is based on the autobiographical memoir by Toby Young. Simon Pegg stars as Sidney Young, an aspiring journalist for a British anti-establishment magazine who is unexpectedly offered a job at the glossy New York-based magazine Sharps.
He is warned by the editor Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges) that he'd better do all he can to charm his colleagues if he expects to succeed in this competitive world. But it isn't long before he has managed to upset just about the entire staff of the magazine in one way or another. Even when he's going out of his way to make amends, he's putting his foot in it.
The only saving grace in the whole sorry situation is his friendship with sexy starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). But will this be enough to save his sinking career? 'Ghost Town' (2008) is a screwball fantasy comedy with Ricky Gervais's dentist becoming a go-between for the dead after briefly dying in an operation. Misanthropic dentist Bertram Pincus (Gervais) can't believe his eyes when, after being revived from an operation where he died for seven minutes, he begins seeing ghosts everywhere he looks.
Annoyed by this added inconvenience, Bertram finally agrees to help when the dearly departed start asking him to pass on messages to their nearest and dearest. But when Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) badgers him into stopping the wedding of his recent widow Gwen (Tea Leoni), Bertram soon finds himself becoming romantically involved, adding another (spiritual) dimension.
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