How to Be (2008)

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A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach.



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At first fancying himself an "enigmatic poet", twenty something Art gradually realizes that he must take action if he's going to escape his depressed life as a struggling musician in London. A solution comes in the shape of a book titled "It's Not Your Fault". Not content to just draw inspiration from its pages, however, Art invites the elderly author of the book to come live with him and his parents, which quickly becomes a painfully funny journey about dysfunction and growing up. Written by Anonymous

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28 August 2009 (Italy)  »

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How to Be - Das Leben ist kein Wunschkonzert  »

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The song in the trailer is the 'Hammond Song' by The Roches. See more »


During the bar scene, the level of beer in Art's glass jumps around several times, from nearly full to nearly empty and back again. See more »


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Not funny for all yet a good movie
17 August 2009 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

After spending some time in the UK I honestly thought I get British humor. After watching this, I truly think I don't.

Although the movie is well produced, the character of Art played brilliantly by Pattinson, I found myself feeling mostly sorry for him and not seeing the funny part. I see the great job of all the people involved in the production but I can't say it suits my type of sense of humor. There were moments I smiled or half-smiled but never laughed at loud.

So, over all, I don't regret watching the movie, neither would I recommend it as a great, funny comedy .

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