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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
... Sidney's Mother (archive footage)
... Lawrence Maddox
... Sidney Young
... Sophie Maes
... Eleanor Johnson
Kelly Jo Charge ... Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Maier Smith ... Apollo Awards Guest
... PR Woman
Felicity Montagu ... Clipboard Nazi
... Thandie Newton
... Assistant Hotel Manager
Ian Bonar ... Post Modern Review Staff
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... Post Modern Review Staff
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,154,607 (United Kingdom), 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,430,294, 5 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,778,752, 11 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,286,299, 15 March 2009
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Part of the films marketing involves a spoof trailer for an erotic Mother Teresa biopic, in which Megan Fox's character Sophie Maes appears as the young and passionate Teresa. See more »

Goofs

A printed interview with Sophie Maes says "psychophants" instead of "sycophants." See more »

Quotes

Sidney Young: I don't know the meaning of the word fear.
Alison Olsen: I'm sure there are many words you don't know the meaning of.
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Connections

References The Day of the Jackal (1973) See more »

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Written by 'Buddy Buie', James B. Cobb Jr., Mike Shapiro, Harry Middlebrooks
Performed by Dusty Springfield
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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Great fun, absorbing and thought provoking. Plenty of fascinating characters.
24 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised to find that How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was nowhere near as 'gross-out' a comedy as the trailer had led me to expect. I rapidly became absorbed in the unfolding of the narrative and remained engrossed throughout. Pacing of the more visual humorous content was, I thought, spot on. (I mean I got the impression I was witnessing Pegg's attempts at restoring lost control very much 'in real time', so to speak.) At other moments there was time allowed to share the main protagonists' (i.e. Pegg's and Dunst's) reflection on how events were affecting them and what had led them to where they now found themselves. All the characters were well cast, to some extent interesting in and of themselves, and generally quite likable. (Any apparent ruthless ambition displayed tended to be tempered by a corresponding good natured resilience.) An entertaining, intelligently scripted, brilliantly directed and superbly acted film that I would thoroughly recommend.


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