‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’ Is Alienating Us Already

Back in 2002, when Toby Young’s How to Lose Friends and Alienate People first came out, being a shameless, loutish, name-dropping, self-promoting jerk was not yet a good career move, and the memoir and its author were the recipient of much scorn. A New York Times review said that his “antics generate little sympathy” and gloated that the movie would never get made. That was before Chris Crocker and Julia Allison and Tucker Max’s making the Times bestseller list. Clearly, Young was before his time. Which is why we’re actually kind of rooting for the movie version of the book, the trailer of which can be viewed above. But one complaint: Why does every movie featuring “serious” female reporters have them dress like Annie Hall’s dowdy sister? Note Kirsten Dunst, above, in a blouse and vest. At some point there are French braids involved, too. Shudder.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People [You Tube]