Based on Toby Youngs tome about his spectacular fuck-ups and flame-out at Vanity Fair, Robert Weides big-screen version is sitcom-drab. Simon Pegg plays Young, reducing the writerin the book version, a narcissistic twat who aspired to be Cary Grant in His Girl Friday, sans the looks or talentto nothing more than a barely functioning idiot, a cretin clad in a Young, Dumb and Full of Come T-shirt whose loutishness is outmatched only by his inability to function as a human being. Worse, the story's been turned into a romantic comedy, in which Simon woos his considerably smarter though no less self-absorbed superior, Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst), whos fucking an editor (Danny Huston) who seems to be speaking in four different accents at once, none of them quite of the English variety. It plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada, which was likewise set at a Manhattan glossy, but also happened to contain some of the most insightful observations about the perils of workplace success.
Robert B. WeideSimon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, Megan Fox, Max Minghella, Jeff Bridges, Margo Stilley, Kimberly Magness, Eliezer MeyerPeter Straughan, Toby YoungStephen Woolley, Elizabeth KarlsenMGM