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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

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

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Kako izgubiti prijatelje i otuđiti se od ljudi  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,154,607 (UK) (3 October 2008)

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$2,775,593 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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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 »

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In the competitor magazine's article on Sophie Maes that Sidney reads, the word "epitome" is spelled "epitomy." See more »

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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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Get Over It
Written by Fyfe Dangerfield (as Hutchins), Arista Hawkes, MC Lord Magrão (as Pimentel), Greig Stewart
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Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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Pegg List Grows As This Movie Does Not Fail To Deliver The Laughs
27 October 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Pegg has had a few hits in the past few years, starting with "Shaun Of The Dead" in 2004, movie on to "Hot Fuzz 2007", early 2008 he came out with "Run Fat Boy Run" and now comes this, "How To Lose Friends And Alienate People" which is in many ways one of my favourite comedy's of the year.

The film is about Sidney Yound, a man who writes a failing magazine who makes fun of celebrity's mostly because he is not one of them. Anyway, one of the most successful magazine owners (Played By Jeff Bridges) invites him (Out of nostalgia) to work at his magazine. Sidney is of course excited and moves to America, there he meets a girl currently writing a book, and hilarity ensues.

This film is great and I hope more come out like it in the near future. Pegg has once again given people everywhere another good film and I cant wait to the see the third part of the blood and ice cream trilogy "Paul". I Rate this film 81%.


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