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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 October 2008 (USA)
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A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York. Based on Toby Young's memoir "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People".

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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,154,607 (UK) (3 October 2008)

Gross:

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

The relationship between Sidney and Alison is not in Toby Young's book, it is instead based on The Apartment (1960). See more »

Goofs

Sidney's limo drives westbound past B.B. King's but the next shot is of Times Square which is to the east. See more »

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Sidney Young: When I was a kid, I used to think there was a special place where all the movie stars lived. A kind of "Shangri La". And if you could just get inside there, you'd be happy. Forever.
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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I Love What You Do
Written by Ian Mack, Ashley Jonathan Mark Alexander, Simon Darlow
Performed by Electrovamp
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by Right Bank Music UK Ltd/Imagem Music Ltd
Produced by Ian Mack & Paul Middleton for Right Bank Productions
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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People kept me as a friend!
14 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like that Kristen Dunst has been getting out of her usual pretty teen roles. She's definitely been branching out these past few years I was unable to tell if Megan Fox was a really bad actress or if that was her role. I guess her role was just to stand there and look pretty but it seemed like she was trying too hard.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was great! Very funny. It had a darker humor and it was pretty heavy but there were so many very funny and unexpected moments.

I absolutely hated the main character at first but you were supposed to. He grows on you just like he does with everyone else in the film. He is endearing once you get to know him more but he is very obnoxious and outrageous at first.

There was this very sweet underlying story about regular people just trying to achieve their dreams.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I haven't really seen anything quite like this in a while and I just love that type of humor.


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