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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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Kelan Pannell ...
Young Sidney
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Sidney's Mother (archive footage)
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Kelly Jo Charge ...
Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Maier Smith ...
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PR Woman
Felicity Montagu ...
Clipboard Nazi
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Thandie Newton
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Assistant Hotel Manager
Ian Bonar ...
Post Modern Review Staff
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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 »


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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  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,154,607 (UK) (5 October 2008)

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$2,778,752 (USA) (11 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 »

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

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.
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Connections

References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

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I Get Around (Van She Dub)
Written by Dan Kurtz (uncredited) and Martina Sorbara (uncredited)
Performed by Dragonette
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People kept me as a friend!
14 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like that Kristen Dunst has been getting out of her usual pretty teen roles. She's definitely been branching out these past few years I was unable to tell if Megan Fox was a really bad actress or if that was her role. I guess her role was just to stand there and look pretty but it seemed like she was trying too hard.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was great! Very funny. It had a darker humor and it was pretty heavy but there were so many very funny and unexpected moments.

I absolutely hated the main character at first but you were supposed to. He grows on you just like he does with everyone else in the film. He is endearing once you get to know him more but he is very obnoxious and outrageous at first.

There was this very sweet underlying story about regular people just trying to achieve their dreams.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I haven't really seen anything quite like this in a while and I just love that type of humor.


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