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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janette Scott ...
Kelly Jo Charge ...
Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Smith ...
Apollo Awards Guest
Felicity Montagu ...
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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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He's across the pond, and out of his depth See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Janette Scott's first cinematic appearance in 41 years. See more »


Alison vomits in Sidney's lap while in the car on the way to Sidney's apartment yet when they arrive his pants are perfectly clean. See more »


Richard Young: Einstein said, Try not to become a man of success rather to become a man of value!
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References The Love Boat (1977) See more »


Written by Nate James, Mark Hill & Andy Wild
Performed by Nate James
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Ltd/Copyright Control
(p) 2007 Frofunk/Morethan4 Ltd
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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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