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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 ... 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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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 film makes several references to the Coen Brothers' film The Big Lebowski (1998). Sydney accidentally calls Mrs. Kowalski "Mrs. Lebowski". Also, Maddox is identified by drinking White Russians, the drink of choice for The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges in "The Big Lebowski". Also, Simon Pegg (Sidney Young) called Jeff Bridges (Clayton Harding) "dude" at one point, and Jeff Bridges claimed, "I'm not 'the Dude'." See more »

Goofs

A printed interview with Sophie Maes says "psychophants" instead of "sycophants." 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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Connections

References Rush Hour 3 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Written by Babydaddy (as Scott Hoffman), Jake Shears (as Jason Sellards) and Elton John
Performed by Scissor Sisters
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd/HST Mgt Ltd
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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Does exactly what it says on the tin
27 October 2008 | by marcusdean118See all my reviews

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People looked like it might be different to the average rom-com we get these days, it looked like it was going to be a smart and satirical look at mainstream Hollywood. It isn't and it wasn't. It's in exactly the same vein as Run Fat Boy Run. I'm not saying that it's a bad film because it isn't and neither is Run Fat Boy Run, but I just felt like I'd seen it all before.

The start was rushed and lacked that flowing feeling. The middle was the best part, with a couple of laugh out loud moments. The end was a walking cliché which came straight from the school of Cameron Crowe (once again not always a bad thing).

Simon Pegg stuck to his normal schtick when he's without Mr. Wright and Mr.Frost, playing the lovable but overall clumsy fish out of water Brit. Jeff Bridges was and still is The Dude so he can do no wrong. Kirsten Dunst stuck to her guns and Megan Fox was thrown in as the so hot at the moment crumpet.

An entertaining film. Not bad. Not great either.


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