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

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kako izgubiti prijatelje i otuđiti se od ljudi  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,154,607 (UK) (3 October 2008)

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$2,775,593 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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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 »

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At the stately home, when Sydney says, "Do you want another drink?" and she says, "Yeah, I'll have a half of lager.", he gets up and touches her on the shoulder, with his fingers pointing down the front of her dress. In the next shot, with his hand still on her shoulder, his fingers are now pointing down her back. See more »

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Richard Young: Einstein said, Try not to become a man of success rather to become a man of value!
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Features Now and Forever (1956) See more »

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The Drinks Taste Better When They're Free
Written by Liam Howe, Ian Mack & Hannah Robinson
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Published by Copyright Control/Right Bank Music UK Ltd/Native Songs
Produced by Ian Mack & Paul Middleton for Right Bank Productions Ltd
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Great fun, absorbing and thought provoking. Plenty of fascinating characters.
24 October 2008 | by (Sheffield, England.) – See all my reviews

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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