MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,733 this week

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  3 October 2008 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 56,481 users   Metascore: 35/100
Reviews: 95 user | 133 critic | 25 from Metacritic.com

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".

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Keith Simanton talks with the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.


Related News

DVD Playhouse--March 2009
| The Hollywood Interview
Huston's Sister-in-Law In Suicide Jump
| WENN
Pegg's Film Tops U.K. Box Office Chart
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 04 Jun 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 13 Jan 2013
 
a list of 45 images
created 26 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 18 Nov 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Five years after jilting his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day, out-of-shape Dennis decides to run a marathon to win her back.

Director: David Schwimmer
Stars: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria
Whore I (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of young hopeful teenagers who have come to Hollywood in the hopes of an acting career find that the business is harder than they had ever imagined.

Director: Thomas Dekker
Stars: Thomas Dekker, Rumer Willis, Ron Jeremy
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A crime novelist whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script.

Directors: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell
Stars: Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan
Big Nothing (2006)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A frustrated, unemployed teacher joining forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea
Stars: David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley
Passion Play (2010)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.

Director: Mitch Glazer
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray
A Dog Year (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A guy suffering from a midlife crisis takes in a dog that's crazier than he is.

Director: George LaVoo
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith
Paul (2011)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen
The Open Road (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Movie centers on the adult son of a baseball legend who, together with his girlfriend, embarks on a road trip with his estranged father.

Director: Michael Meredith
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Ted Danson, Harry Dean Stanton
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.

Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The notorious fictional town of Royston Vasey is under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave.

Director: Steve Bendelack
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE is an ultra low budget thriller/black comedy about Malcolm - a New Yorker who gets tired of how gentrified, tepid and antiseptic it's all become. So he decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Cahill
Stars: Rebecca Dayan, Jennifer Murray, James DeBello
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelan Pannell ...
Janette Scott ...
...
...
...
Kelly Jo Charge ...
Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Smith ...
Apollo Awards Guest
...
Felicity Montagu ...
...
Herself
...
Ian Bonar ...
...
...
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

celebrity | starlet | pig | party | writer | See All (46) »

Taglines:

Brace yourselves, America. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The book Alison Olsen is reading in the break room when Sidney sits down with her is "Relative Stranger: Piecing Together a Life Plagued by Madness" by Mary Loudon. 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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Kowalski: [Upon learning that Sidney writes about Hollywood stars for a magazine] Hollywood? Sodom and Gomorrah. Now everybody a celebrity. You take out your breasts, you're celebrity.
Sidney Young: I think it probably depends on the breasts...
Mrs. Kowalski: In Poland, someone was famous because they done something. Marie Curie, Pope John Paul...
Sidney Young: Yeah, well, they don't make entertainers like that anymore, do they?
Mrs. Kowalski: [sourly] Wise guy.
See more »

Connections

References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

For Reasons Unknown
Written by Brandon Flowers (as Flowers)
Performed by The Killers
Courtesy of Island Def Jam (United States)
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Should have been better but is still a reasonable enough comedy
18 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sidney Young runs a small alternative culture magazine in London dedicated to popping the bubble of celebrity. He hits the big time when he gets a call from Clayton Harding, the editor of Sharps magazine – a glossy celebrity magazine based in New York City. Sidney goes into the job thinking he can be different from the puff pieces the magazine is famous for and somehow has been employed as part of Harding's darker streak and longer for more. Sadly this instinct is dead wrong and Sidney finds himself a joke within the office and a failure within the world of celebrity and movie stars that he needs to work.

HTLF&AP (it's easier) is in the mould of The Devil Wears Prada as it is written as an insider's exposé of celebrity culture from someone who discovered it firsthand. Like that film, this one also struggles to tell this tale within a narrative structure that engages. It is helped though by having the central character be a major part of his own discovery, ie not only do we see the world of superficiality that is the celebrity scene but Sidney is more than a pair of eyes as he fails so impressively to assimilate himself into it. The problem is though that it is not savage enough on the celebrity culture and instead tries to draw a lot more humour from Sidney's various pratfalls and failures. This produces some moments of amusement but at the same time it robs the material of the teeth it really should have had. What is left is a reasonably funny comedy that goes where you expect it to, right down to the pat ending that was always going to be there.

Pegg has enough about his performance to be funny even though this is far below the films he has made with Wright. He makes it work better than it should at times but then he cannot bring out an edge that isn't there in the script. The starry supporting cast may be part of the reason that it doesn't tear at the hand that feeds it and indeed there are some solid turns here. Bridges, Anderson, Fox, Huston and others all do reasonably good work around Pegg. Dunst is at her best when in the "hate" part of her "love/hate" relationship with Pegg and I liked her until the film gradually started to use her character to turn the way we all knew it would go.

Not a brilliant film by any means then but still one that is amusing as it treads familiar paths to a weak ending. Should have been better but is still just about good enough to distract as a comedy.


30 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why'd it bomb in the US? glass_houses
Kirsten Dust is aweful in this alakandog
things i would would rather see than this movie again... meltonr
Gillian Anderson... wandersfar
Who is Sophie Maes based on? ecam12
What would you do in his postion??? nightmarerule_007

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?