Sidney Young is a disillusioned intellectual who both adores and despises the world of celebrity, fame and glamor. 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 it's 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 - his gradual move from derided outsider to confidante of starlet Sophie Maes. Initially helping him out at Sharps is colleague Alison Olsen, who has her own secret. Wither their friendship? Written by
The movie's title (and concept/execution, to some degree) parodies the bestselling self-help book "How To Win Friends and Influence People", written by famous author and lecturer Dale Carnegie. Carnegie's advice strives to paint a veritable "roadmap to success" in personal and business relations. The book remains popular and is frequently employed as a resource in corporate training programs and other similar applications whose aim is to strengthen the interpersonal and problem-solving skills of their audiences. See more »
In the opening crane-down shot at the open air party (about half way through the movie) you can see a tiny "hair in the gate" at the bottom-center of the screen. It is still there in the subsequent shot, but has obviously been removed in time for the next one. See more »
Einstein said, Try not to become a man of success rather to become a man of value!
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What Good Is Heaven
Written by Josh Clayton-Felt, Larry Goldings
Performed by Josh Clayton-Felt
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Under license from Universal Music Operations
Courtesy of Talking Cloud Music (ASCAP)/Largold Music (ASCAP)
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Great fun, absorbing and thought provoking. Plenty of fascinating characters.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was nowhere near as 'gross-out' a comedy as the trailer had led me to expect. I rapidly became absorbed in the unfolding of the narrative and remained engrossed throughout. Pacing of the more visual humorous content was, I thought, spot on. (I mean I got the impression I was witnessing Pegg's attempts at restoring lost control very much 'in real time', so to speak.) At other moments there was time allowed to share the main protagonists' (i.e. Pegg's and Dunst's) reflection on how events were affecting them and what had led them to where they now found themselves. All the characters were well cast, to some extent interesting in and of themselves, and generally quite likable. (Any apparent ruthless ambition displayed tended to be tempered by a corresponding good natured resilience.) An entertaining, intelligently scripted, brilliantly directed and superbly acted film that I would thoroughly recommend.
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