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 — read more.

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