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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 ...
Apollo Awards Guest
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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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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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The most hilarious comedy of the year. 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

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$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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Trivia

Sidney Young's library card is from Gloucester. Simon Pegg was born in Gloucester. 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 »

Quotes

Lawrence Maddox: When I do it, it's called flirting. When you do it, it's called sexual harassment.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Unconditional (Jagz Kooner Funhouse Mix)
Written by Sam Endicott
Performed by The Bravery
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Records
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by Analfi Coast Music/Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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Simon Pegg..... You've finally made it!!!!
17 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Amazing performance from Simon Pegg who just gets better and better with every role. As usual he plays the part of a very cringy character who makes you want to hide behind your cushion in embarrassment for him sometimes, but thats what Pegg is all about.

The laughs were regular and eye watering and everyone of them aimed at Penn. The movie was very cleverly put together where every character plays a very sophisticated and serious part with Penn being the only humour involved which is a huge credit to the Director Robert Weide.

And I cant let this one go without a quick round of applause to Gilliam Anderson who shone throughout. Highly recommended to all.


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