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How to Be (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 28 August 2009 (Italy)
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A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach.

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Oliver Irving

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Oliver Irving
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Art
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Mother
Powell Jones Powell Jones ... Dr. Ellington
Jeremy Hardy ... Jeremy
Michael Irving Michael Irving ... Father
Mike Pearce Mike Pearce ... Nikki
Johnny White Johnny White ... Ronny
Alisa Arnah Alisa Arnah ... Jessica
Joe Hastings Joe Hastings ... Dave
Biddy Rowe Biddy Rowe ... Woman at Old House
Tim Rowe Tim Rowe ... Boy at Old House
Bart Kusse Bart Kusse ... Child Art
Augustin Irving Augustin Irving ... Child Father
Mirabel Kelly Mirabel Kelly ... Woman in Supermarket
Bernard Kelly Bernard Kelly ... Landlord
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Storyline

At first fancying himself an "enigmatic poet", twenty something Art gradually realizes that he must take action if he's going to escape his depressed life as a struggling musician in London. A solution comes in the shape of a book titled "It's Not Your Fault". Not content to just draw inspiration from its pages, however, Art invites the elderly author of the book to come live with him and his parents, which quickly becomes a painfully funny journey about dysfunction and growing up. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes we all need a little help

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Come solo tu sei See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the scene which Art talks to the boy in his old bedroom (29:30), a poster of a Cyberman from the BBC TV series Doctor Who (2005) can be seen on the bedroom wall. See more »

Goofs

During the bar scene, the level of beer in Art's glass jumps around several times, from nearly full to nearly empty and back again. See more »

Quotes

Art: I want my personal therapist here during any formal discussion.
Jeremy: You have a personal therapist?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008) See more »

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Old Man
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Performed by Love
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Not for everyone, but I loved it
23 January 2008 | by SaintCrystalSee all my reviews

The funny thing about this film is in the first 3 minutes I'm saying to myself, that's Cedric Diggory, being the ignorant American I am. But after the 4th minute I could see no one but Art, the lovable and pathetic loser who just doesn't know how to get a handle on his life because he has no one to validate his existence. His parents loath him, his girlfriend dumps him, and his new age therapist seems to need Art more than Art needs him in the end. I came home from seeing this movie at Slamdance and described it to someone as "my life, except 20 something, and a guy, and in London, but other than that, EXACTLY my life!" The people I saw it with at Slamdance didn't get it, but they had much more "normal" upbringings. Like I said, I loved this movie because I could identify so much with it, and at the same time it was almost unbearable to watch because I saw so much of myself, the parts I'd rather leave to my own past. I commend the cast and crew for a very funny and heartfelt movie, and recommend everyone watch it with an open mind. It may not be your life, but it was someone's.


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