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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 (archiveFootage)
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Lawrence Maddox
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Sidney Young
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Sophie Maes
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Eleanor Johnson
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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Post Modern Review Staff
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Post Modern Review Staff
Hugh Thompson ...
Post Modern Review Staff
Emily Thorling ...
Post Modern Review Staff
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Clayton Harding
Miquel Brown ...
Clayton's Assistant
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Mrs. Kowalski
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Woman in Bar
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Alison Olsen
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Barman
Charlotte Devaney ...
Bobbie
Gillian King ...
Sharps Assistant
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Ingrid
Isabella Calthorpe ...
Anna
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Elizabeth Maddox
Diana Kent ...
Rachel Petkoff
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Vincent Lepak
Emily Denniston ...
Maddox's Assistant
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Bill Nathanson
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Vicky
Lisa McAllister ...
Sophie Maes' Assistant
Julia West ...
Mother Superior - Trailer
Brona C. Titley ...
Nun - Trailer
Charles de Bromhead ...
Young Priest - Trailer (as Charles De Bromhead)
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Mrs. Harding
Connie Wheeler ...
Harding Child
Lara Edmunds ...
Harding Child
Allen Lidkey ...
July 4th Party Guest
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July 4th Party Guest
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July 4th Party Waiter
Andy Lucas ...
Wizard / Dentist
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Richard Young
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Nightclub Girl
Sarah Mennell ...
Flight Desk Attendant
Liat Baruch ...
Couple on Blanket
Eivind Karlsen ...
Couple on Blanket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Debbie Attwell ...
Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)
Michael Berendt ...
Award Winner (uncredited)
Cristóbal Blanco García ...
Party Goer (uncredited)
Cris Blanco ...
Night Club Patron (uncredited)
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Sharpe's Girl (uncredited)
Serena Catapano ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Heather Snow Clark ...
Beautiful Girl (uncredited)
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Toni Collette (uncredited)
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Daniel Craig (uncredited)
Giada Dobrzenska ...
Fashion Party Girl (uncredited)
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Newsstand Vendor (uncredited)
James Fiddy ...
Party Goer (uncredited)
Tim Glanfield ...
Bafta Awards Official (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Chris Jameson ...
Apollo Awards Guest (uncredited)
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Hotel Security (uncredited)
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Sharp's Party Celebrity (uncredited)
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July 4th Party Guest / Model (uncredited)
Edward Lemont ...
Sharps Magazine Receptionist (uncredited)
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Maddox's Friend at Party (uncredited)
Ben Morris ...
BAFTA Crowd Member (uncredited)
Sarah-Jane Paige ...
Female Fan (uncredited)
Daniel Pellegrino ...
Daniel Pellegrino (uncredited)
David Petrucci ...
Guest at party (uncredited)
Tracy Redington ...
Model (uncredited)
Jenny Rieu ...
Girl on Blanket (uncredited)
James Schram ...
Doorman / Bouncer (uncredited)
Robert Stone ...
BAFTA Security (uncredited)
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Glamorati (uncredited)
Vesna Vujat ...
Sharpe's Girl (uncredited)
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Kate Winslet (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert B. Weide

Written by

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Peter Straughan ... (screenplay)
 
Toby Young ... (book)

Produced by

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Laurie Borg ... co-producer
Jon Diamond ... executive producer: LipSync
Simon Fawcett ... executive producer
Carrie Fix ... line producer: New York
Brian Gilmore ... executive producer
Peter Hampden ... executive producer: LipSync
Richard Hewitt ... line producer
Elizabeth Karlsen ... producer
Norman Merry ... executive producer: LipSync
Robin O'Hara ... associate producer
Jimmy Price ... line producer: second unit, NYC
Tessa Ross ... executive producer
Gary Smith ... executive producer
Paul White ... executive producer
Stephen Woolley ... producer
Lila Yacoub ... line producer: second unit, LA
Toby Young ... co-producer
Mark Brooke ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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David Arnold

Cinematography by

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Oliver Stapleton

Film Editing by

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David Freeman

Editorial Department

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Mark Burton ... first assistant editor
Stuart Fyvie ... digital colorist
Angus Munro ... avid engineer
Kelly Smith ... negative cutter
Sabine Smith ... negative cutter (as Sabine McDonald)

Casting By

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Justine Arteta ... (as Justine Baddeley)
Kim Davis-Wagner ... (as Kim Davis)
Jina Jay

Production Design by

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John Beard

Art Direction by

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Ray Chan ... supervising art director
Anthony Gasparro

Set Decoration by

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Sara Parks

Costume Design by

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Annie Hardinge

Makeup Department

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Ursula Adelhelm ... daily makeup trainee
Sophia Burnage ... daily assistant makeup artist
Jane DiPersio ... additional makeup artist: New York
Tamsin Dorling Barbosa ... hair stylist (as Tamsin Dorling) / makeup artist (as Tamsin Dorling)
Nana Fischer ... dailies hair stylist / makeup artist
Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud ... makeup artist: NewYork
Mandy Gold ... crowd makeup supervisor
Persefone Karakosta ... additional makeup artist: New York
Peter King ... hair designer (as Peter Swords King) / makeup designer (as Peter Swords King)
Flora Moody ... trainee makeup assistant
Jeffrey Rebelo ... additional hair stylist: New York (as Jeffery Rebelo)
Susan Schectar ... additional hair stylist: New York
Janine Schneider ... hair stylist (as Janine Schneider-Marsan) / makeup artist (as Janine Schneider-Marsan)
Lucy Sibbick ... makeup dailies
Nuria Sitja ... key makeup artist: New York
Anthony Veader ... key hair stylist: New York
Jane Walker ... hair designer: Simon Pegg / makeup designer: Simon Pegg
Colleen Wheeler ... hair stylist
Lucy Willis ... make-up and hair: dailies

Production Management

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Polly Duval ... post-production supervisor
Sacha Guttenstein ... post-production delivery supervisor
Louise Lovegrove ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ethan Anderson ... additional second assistant director
Simon Downes ... second assistant director
Mark Hopkins ... crowd third assistant director
Stuart Jones ... daily assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley ... third assistant director: second unit
Henry Mackintosh ... assistant director
Michelle McGrier ... dga trainee
Kate McLaughlin ... second assistant director: crowd
Matthew Penry-Davey ... first assistant director
Charlie Reed ... third assistant director
Rosemary Rodriguez ... second unit director
Lance Roehrig ... key second assistant director
Alfonso Trinidad ... second assistant director: second unit
Mick Ward ... first assistant director: second unit

Art Department

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Peter Allburn ... scenic artist: New York
Mat Bergel ... props
Steve Bohan ... construction manager
Tim Browning ... assistant art director
Dan Bryant ... dressing props
Jeff Butcher ... property master: New York
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz ... chargehand dressing props
James Collins ... stand-by art director
Will Comacho ... set dresser
Chris Cull ... property master
Olenka Denysenko ... third props
Paul Duff ... construction supervisor
James Enright ... prop making supervisor c/o propshop
Ray Fisher ... leadman: New York
Kley Gilbuena ... assistant property master: New York
Gavin Gordon ... supervising carpenter
Sean Haines ... second on-set dresser
Stuart Headley-Read ... dressing props: dailies (as Stuart Read)
Dan Johnson ... set dresser
Scott Keery ... props
Carol Kupisz ... graphic designer
Dougie Lankston ... props daily
Stephanie LaVigne ... art department coordinator
Tom Martin ... assistant construction manager (as Thomas Martin)
Eugene Melvin ... on-set dresser: New York
Marcus Migliore ... set dresser
Keith Perry ... rigger
Sandra Phillips ... draughtsman
Adrian Platt ... dressing props
Simon Riley ... stand-by props
Tom Roberts ... stand-by props
Sam Rosedietcher ... set dresser
Rebecca Thomas ... art department assistant
Lloyd Vincent ... prop storeman
Catherine Whiting ... junior draughtsman
Carl Wilson ... senior propmaker
Lee Wiseman ... props
Saviel Rivera ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Hugo Adams ... foley editor
Niv Adiri ... sound effects editor
Orin Beaton ... boom operator
Rachel Carberry ... assistant adr recordist
Ed Colyer ... foley mixer
James Corless ... sound mix technician
Paul Cotterell ... re-recording mixer
Norman Durance ... sound mixer
Steve Finnigan ... adr recordist
Glenn Freemantle ... supervising sound editor
Glen Gathard ... assistant foley mixer
Judah Getz ... adr mixer
Jim Greenhorn ... production sound mixer
Lee Herrick ... dialog & adr editor
Lawrence Loewinger ... sound mixer
Andrew Morgado ... adr mixer
Richard Pryke ... re-recording mixer
Nadine Richardson ... assistant sound
Jack Stew ... foley artist
Richard Street ... re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler ... foley recordist

Special Effects by

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Kevin Zack ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Chris Bentley ... digital lab operator
Alberto Buron ... digital lab operator
James Clarke ... digital lab supervisor
Tom Collier ... digital compositor
Neil Culley ... lead compositor
Stefan Drury ... head of visual effects
Yanni Goudetsidis ... systems engineer
Scott Goulding ... assistant colourist
Katja Hollmann ... producer: Lipsync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Lorea Hoye ... visual effects producer
David Margolis ... digital compositor
Aileen McIntosh ... digital lab operator
Andrew Morley ... head of 3D: Lipsync Post
Dylan Owen ... digital compositor (as Dylan Wyn Owen)
Kevin Phelan ... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
Kate Porter ... lead compositor
Abigail Scollay ... digital compositor
Angela Stanley ... digital compositor (as Angela Rose)
Jon Stanley ... senior systems engineer
Paul Venn Stirling ... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Daniel Tomlinson ... digital lab operator
Samantha Tracey ... visual effects coordinator
Sheila Wickens ... visual effects supervisor
Blake Winder ... digital compositor: LipSync Post

Stunts

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Dani Biernat ... stunt double / stunt performer
Loyd Catlett ... stand-in: Jeff Bridges / "Clayton" / stunt double / stunts
Juliette Cheveley ... utility stunts
Nick Chopping ... stunt double
Jamie Edgell ... stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel ... stunt driver
Bradley Farmer ... stunt double / stunt performer
Paul Herbert ... stunt coordinator
Jason Hunjan ... stunt performer / utility stunts
Jo McLaren ... stunt double / stunt performer
Daz Parker ... stunt double
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator: New York

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert M. Andres ... key grip: New York
Arthur Blum ... dolly grip
Kerry Brown ... still photographer
Pete Cavaciuti ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Wailoon Chung ... electrician
Howard Davidson ... electrician
David Dutkus ... electrician: new york
James J. Ferris ... electrician
Mark Funnell ... best boy
Sam Garwood ... daily first assistant camera
Robert Hamilton ... video operator
Oliver Hickey ... jimmy jib operator
Andrew Jones ... camera trainee
John Jordan ... first assistant camera
Scott Lipkowitz ... camera loader: New York
Rupert Lloyd-Parry ... key grip
William Louthe ... electrician
Jim McConkey ... camera operator: New York
Joseph Metzger ... second assistant camera
Simon Muir ... grip trainee
Paul Niccolls ... grip
John Panuccio ... key rigging grip
Phil Penfold ... rigging gaffer
Larry S. Prinz ... gaffer
Michael P. Prisco Jr. ... electric
Ray Richards ... electrician
Jon Saunders ... rig electrician (as John Saunders)
Chris Silano ... first assistant camera
Chris Skutch ... best boy grip: New York
Ryan Taggart ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Oliver Upton ... still photographer
Peter Versey ... camera operator: "b" camera
David Wall ... electrician
Nick Wall ... still photographer
Jeremy Weishaar ... first assistant camera: "b" camera: New York
Tom Wilkinson ... second assistant camera
Neil Blackman ... underwater gaffer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Meredith Jacobson Marciano ... local extras casting (as Meredith Jacobson)
Erin Mayhugh ... extras casting associate
Adam Vincentz ... local extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael Anzalone ... costume supervisor
Natalia Georgiadou ... wardrobe
Rebecca Hofherr ... assistant costume designer
Kate Laver ... costume assistant
Janine Marr ... costume assistant: Simon Pegg
Holly Smart ... wardrobe assistant
Gabrielle Spanswick ... costume supervisor
Lawrence Tarzy ... costumer
Aaron Timperley ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Tony Clarkson ... location manager
Scott Ferlisi ... assistant location manager: New York
Lucy Foulds ... location coordinator
Lauren Fritz ... assistant location manager
Orit Greenberg ... location scout
Mark Grimwade ... location scout
Justin W. Hill ... location manager: los angeles
Gine Lui ... location scout
Jimmy Price ... location manager
Sascha Springer ... assistant location manager
Jason Wheeler ... location scout

Music Department

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Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Peter Clarke ... music editor
Chris Cozens ... auricle control systems
Karen Elliott ... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor
Stephen Hilton ... musician: programming and keyboards
Rob Playford ... music programmer
Bruce White ... musician: viola

Transportation Department

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Simon Burgess ... facilities captain
Ergun Halil ... unit driver
Patrick Hogan ... driver
Jeff Hudson ... unit driver
Tony Jayes ... driver: Kirsten Dunst
Nick Kenyon ... driver: cast
Pete Newman ... unit driver
Steve Rivenell ... unit driver
Barrie Williams ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Lucy Allen ... double: Gillian Anderson / "Elenor"
Peter Anders ... caterer
Aaron Anderson ... executive: uk film council
Hannah Andrews ... set runner
Susan Chika Anisiobi ... assistant accountant
Nick Atkinson ... development executive: uk film council
Hanly Banks ... assistant: Robert Weide, New York
Liat Baruch ... assistant: Kirsten Dunst
James Bednark ... production secretary
Julia Bembenek ... production assistant
Max Berger ... production intern
Sam Blackmore ... set production assistant: dailies
David Blyth ... floor runner: dailies
Katherine Butler ... head of development: Film4
Neil Chaplin ... production accountant
Nick Chopping ... double: Simon Pegg / "Sidney"
Robin Davies ... assistant: Elizabeth Karlsen
Francesca Dowd ... production coordinator
Ross Ferguson ... Assistant to Robert B Weide
Jo Fernihough ... unit publicist
Hollie Foster ... assistant production coordinator
Jonathan Gray ... production counsel
Eli Gurevich ... first assistant accountant
Julia Hall ... title designer
Ella Harris ... production runner
Samson Haveland ... set runner (as Sam Haveland)
Ali Jazayeri ... vice president finance
Eivind Karlsen ... assistant: Stephen Woolley, NYC
Annabel Kennedy ... development executive
Joanna Laurie ... assistant: Stephen Woolley
Sam Lavender ... developmental editor: Film4
Kate Lawrence ... development executive
Joseph Lombardi ... production accountant
Liz Magee ... production assistant
Brad Marro ... production assistant
Daniel McAuley-Burnett ... floor runner: dailies
Wesley Mills ... production intern
Dan Mudford ... documentary filmmaker
Paul Myers-Davis ... production assistant
Richard Neale ... on-set computer technician: CompuHire
Peter Ogunsalu ... second assistant: Stephen Woolley
Margaret Parvin ... legal services: Number 9 Films, Davenport Lyons
Ana S. Pelaez ... production coordinator: New York
Nicole Real ... production assistant: New York
Joe Robinson ... assistant production coordinator
Paul Secker ... floor runner: dailies
Jon Shaw ... set production assistant
Lyndal Smith ... double: Megan Fox / "Sophie"
Yu-Fai Suen ... investors representative
Katharine Tidy ... home economist
Helen Varty ... assistant: Tessa Ross
Mark Walledge ... unit manager
Howard Watkins ... title designer
Morag Webster ... unit nurse
William Henderson White ... stand-in: Danny Huston
Beverly Winston ... script supervisor
Garry Marriott ... second unit medic (uncredited)
Ellie Torrez ... Megan Fox's stand-in (uncredited)

Thanks

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Toni Collette ... thanks
Daniel Craig ... thanks
Richard Dacre ... thanks
Fabrizia Dal Farra ... thanks
Ricky Gervais ... thanks
Leonard Maltin ... thanks
Janette Scott ... thanks
Dawn Sedgwick ... thanks
Kate Winslet ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Brace yourselves, America. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un Anglais à New York (France)
  • New York für Anfänger (Germany)
  • Nueva York para principiantes (Spain)
  • Hogy veszítsük el barátainkat és idegenítsük el az embereket? (Hungary)
  • Как потерять друзей и заставить всех тебя ненавидеть (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $27,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP1,154,607, 05 Oct 2008
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $17,286,299, 15 Mar 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia Toby Young, the man around whom the film is based, was banned from the set, as he was reportedly annoying cast members, and interrupting Robert B. Weide as he tried to direct scenes. See more »
Goofs When we first meet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox), she says she is a vegetarian and would never wear fur, yet we see her at the party towards the end of the movie wearing what looks like a real fur shawl. However, this is most likely a testament to how movie stars sell out their beliefs when they become famous. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 23 September 2008 (2008). See more »
Soundtracks The Drinks Taste Better When They're Free See more »
Quotes Sidney Young: I sent the fish, you know, goldfish in a bowl. Did she get them?
Sophie Maes' Assistant: Yes, but they were dead!
Sidney Young: All of them?
Sophie Maes' Assistant: Yeah, it was kind of shocking actually! Were they dead when you send them?
Sidney Young: No no, who sends people dead fish?
Sophie Maes' Assistant: The Mafia?
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