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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 scene where Sidney asks an actor "Are you gay?" is based on Toby Young doing the same to Nathan Lane regarding his role in The Birdcage (1996). See more »

Goofs

When the group is leaving the first party, Eleanor Johnson talks to Sophie Maes before getting into the car. The shot then turns back to Sophie with her saying "Yea" when clearly her lips were not even moving. See more »

Quotes

Clayton Harding: [On the phone, calling from New York] This is Clayton Harding, editor of Sharps Magazine.
Sidney Young: Lord Vader.
Clayton Harding: I saw you at my party - just before you ruined it with your pig stunt.
Sidney Young: You liked that, did you?
Clayton Harding: Sure. I especially liked the part where Clint Eastwood beat the shit out of you.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Now & Forever
Written by Harry Parr Davies and Christopher Hassall
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Canal+, Paris
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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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