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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 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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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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The scene where Sidney leaves Elizabeth Maddox alone in the hallway after she tripped and fell is based on a similar incident involving Anna Wintour and a Vanity Fair intern. See more »


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This movie is better than its audience
31 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oh dear we don't like it when our super-hero love interest develops a brain do we?

Something has happened to people, they have lost the ability to enjoy, a simple feel-good, love story/comedy? Kirsten Dunst is a revelation - funny, sexy and real. I laughed out loud ooh at least five times and I'm not ashamed to say had a tear in my eye a couple of times too. The cast, acting and script is great, I watch a lot of films right across the board and I haven't seen one in this genre that has been as successful. Those who disagree please tell me where I can find some! I'm sure the book is good too but I think you have to judge it on its own merits.

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