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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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Young Sidney
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Kelly Jo Charge ...
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Clipboard Nazi
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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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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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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,154,607 (UK) (5 October 2008)

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$2,778,752 (USA) (11 December 2008)
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During the montage of Sidney's name appearing on guest lists to parties and exclusive events, one of the names near Sidney's on a list is Oscar Wright, younger brother of Edgar Wright, who is a frequent collaborator of Simon Pegg. See more »

Goofs

At the stately home, when Sydney says, "Do you want another drink?" and she says, "Yeah, I'll have a half of lager.", he gets up and touches her on the shoulder, with his fingers pointing down the front of her dress. In the next shot, with his hand still on her shoulder, his fingers are now pointing down her back. See more »

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Sidney Young: When I was a kid, I used to think there was a special place where all the movie stars lived. A kind of "Shangri La". And if you could just get inside there, you'd be happy. Forever.
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La Dolce Vita (Finale)
from the original soundtrack of the film La dolce vita (1960)
Written by Nino Rota and Dino Verde
Published by Edizioni Musicali Giuseppe Camp/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
(c) 1960 C.A.M. S.r.l.
(p) 1960 C.A.M. S.r.l.
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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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