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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.

Director:

Robert B. Weide

Writers:

Peter Straughan (screenplay), Toby Young (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelan Pannell Kelan Pannell ... Young Sidney
Janette Scott ... Sidney's Mother (archive footage)
Danny Huston ... Lawrence Maddox
Simon Pegg ... Sidney Young
Megan Fox ... Sophie Maes
Gillian Anderson ... Eleanor Johnson
Kelly Jo Charge Kelly Jo Charge ... Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Maier Smith Christian Maier Smith ... Apollo Awards Guest
Katherine Parkinson ... PR Woman
Felicity Montagu Felicity Montagu ... Clipboard Nazi
Thandie Newton ... Thandie Newton
John Lightbody ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Ian Bonar Ian Bonar ... Post Modern Review Staff
James Corden ... Post Modern Review Staff
Fenella Woolgar ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kako izgubiti prijatelje i otuđiti se od ljudi See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book Alison Olsen is reading in the break room when Sidney sits down with her is "Relative Stranger: Piecing Together a Life Plagued by Madness" by Mary Loudon. See more »

Goofs

At the stately home, the band resumes playing after Sidney Young falls off the top of the stage's wooden frame. In a following shot facing the band, the keyboardist removes his right playing hand from the keyboard placing it in his lap with his left hand prior to the last keyboard chord being played. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Young: What's the greatest film ever made?
Alison Olsen: It's hard to say. I mean, I personally love La Dolce Vita...
Sidney Young: [Imitates game show buzzer] Incorrect!
Sidney Young: [Continues, dead pan] Con Air.
Alison Olsen: [a bit perplexed] I beg your pardon?
Sidney Young: Con Air, right? It's got everything, hasn't it? You know, you've got Malkovich for your acting chops, you got Nicky Cage for your action, Steve Buscemi for your comedy, John Cusack for the gays. Right? It's like a smorgasbord, isn't it?
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References Con Air (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Now & Forever
Written by Harry Parr Davies and Christopher Hassall
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Canal+, Paris
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Simon Pegg..... You've finally made it!!!!
17 December 2008 | by DanielHoldsworthSee 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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