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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

The film was released the same year as the vampire flick Twilight (2008) which Robert Pattison (Art) starred as Edward Cullen. 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

Ronny: Therapy was invented in the sixties, do you know what invented means? It means it doesn't exist.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) See more »

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Clear Spot
Written by Don Van Vliet
Performed by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
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Saw How to Be at Slamdance
24 January 2008 | by michelle-birdSee all my reviews

I was one of the lucky ones to see this movie at Slamdance. I absolutely loved this movie.

"This is not your typical Robert Pattinson movie. He doesn't play a good-looking, heart-throb. Robert plays Art, an insecure, confused, depressed, misfit who has no direction, no real social skills, and no support from his parents. His only love is music, but he sucks at that too. After the break up from his girlfriend, he basically looses it and has to move back in with his parents. This is his struggle to become "normal" so his parents and friends will accept and love him. He even goes to the extreme of hiring a self-help professional to help him. You will feel so sad for Art – trust me! Don't get me wrong, this movie contains endless British humor to lighten the subject up.

A wonderful independent movie with a great message. A job well done for Robert Pattinson.


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