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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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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 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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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:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,430,294, 5 October 2008

Gross USA:

$2,778,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,151,797
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where Sidney leaves Elizabeth Maddox alone in the hallway after she tripped and fell, is based on a similar incident involving Anna Wintour and a Vanity Fair intern. See more »

Goofs

Sidney's limo drives westbound past B.B. King's but the next shot is of Times Square which is to the east. See more »

Quotes

Clayton Harding: [On the phone, calling from New York] This is Clayton Harding, editor of Sharps Magazine.
Sidney Young: Lord Vader.
Clayton Harding: I saw you at my party - just before you ruined it with your pig stunt.
Sidney Young: You liked that, did you?
Clayton Harding: Sure. I especially liked the part where Clint Eastwood beat the shit out of you.
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Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Change for You
Written by Nathan Ferraro (as Ferraro)
Performed by Midway State (as The Midway State)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations
Published by Remedy Music Group/Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Runaway Music Canada
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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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