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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

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A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelan Pannell ...
Sidney's Mother (archive footage)
Kelly Jo Charge ...
Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Maier Smith ...
Apollo Awards Guest
Felicity Montagu ...
Ian Bonar ...


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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kako izgubiti prijatelje i otuđiti se od ljudi  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,154,607 (UK) (3 October 2008)


$2,775,593 (USA) (5 December 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book that the staffer was reading (Chris O'Dowd) in the scene where Clayton Harding calls is in fact the the novel "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People", the book on which the film was based. See more »


At the stately home, the band resumes playing after Sidney Young falls off the top of the stage's wooden frame. In a following shot facing the band, the keyboardist removes his right playing hand from the keyboard placing it in his lap with his left hand prior to the last keyboard chord being played. See more »


Sidney Young: [At a party attended by swanky people] Look at that. All night long, people have been treating us like royalty. In London, the journalist's motto is, "Everybody hates us, and we don't care."
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Heavy Like Sunday
Written by Leona Naess and Samuel Dixon
Performed by Leona Naess
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by Chrysalis Music/EMI Music/Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd (c) 2008 Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved
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Boys Own bull - badly written, and with an embarrassed cast.
8 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A puerile and predictable, self indulgent meander through a faux glamorous media world that doesn't exist. Presumably Toby Young wrote this as he was about to get sacked - he is now a complacent Brit TV food critic and that is just about his speed. Impossible to identify with the main lead - even though Simon Pegg is great with his own material, you wonder if his overacting was just to show his disdain for the tosh he was forced to deliver.

Kirsten Dunst is dull and disapproving, and clearly uninspired - not surprisingly. What is Jeff Bridges doing here?? He seems to be wondering this himself. When you have to rely on pigs, dogs, goldfish, farting chairs and being sick on stylish women - you know you're in trouble, so no wonder it staggers along under the weight of its own embarrassment.

Having said that, anything about the inside world of magazines interests me, even if you're left with The Devil Wears Prada and this film - ie people at the bottom of the pile with nothing to lose, rubbishing those at the top in the hope of a book and film deal - and amazingly, sometimes people fall for it.

And believe me, I'm an expert in this field, so listen to me! I know (imagine smiley emoticon here).


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