How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Robert B. Weide
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

ruined it with your little pig stunt.

Oh, you liked that did you?.


I especially liked the part where

Clint Eastwood beat the shit out of you.

Well, you listen to me,

I'm not scared of you Harding.

You can sue if you like,

but it's like... Jimmy Stewart said...

You sit up there in your spindly little webs,

And you think the whole world revolves

around you and your money, but it doesn't Mister.


- Potter.


You may sue us OK, but I warn you

if you strike me down...

- Mr Johnson's here to see you.

- I will become more powerful than

you can possibly imagine

Destroy me and a hundred men

will spring up in my place.

Men who care nothing for success, men who

can't be bought, men who's only loyalty...

I want you to come to work for me

at Sharp's magazine in New York.



That's not coming out!

Can You say that again please?

Thanks asshole.


Oh f*ck!

This magazine you're working for,

it is good?

Yeah, it's Sharp's.

You know, Sharp's Magazines?

High society, fashion, fine..

finance, Hollywood celebrities.


It's Sodom and Gomorrah.

Now everybody is celebrity.

You take out your breasts

you are celebrity.

I think it really depends

on the breasts.

In Poland, someone was famous

because they done something.

Marie Curie..

Paul John Paul...

Yes, well they don't make entertainers

like that any more, do they.

They brought your things yesterday.



It's nice.

I like it.

I'll put my drums in

the corner over there.


Just a little.

When you start work?

In the morning.

So got to be fresh,

make a good impression.

Go to bed.

That's exactly what I intend to do.

Make that two.

I'm Clark.

Clark Baxter.

Nice to meet you, cheers.

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Peter Straughan

Peter Straughan (born 1968) is a playwright and author, based in the north-east of England. He was writer-in-residence at Newcastle's Live Theatre Company. Whilst there, Live staged his plays, Bones and Noir. Both of these plays have displayed Straughan's talent for writing dark, twisted and witty stories. His first ambition was to be a professional musician and he achieved this while playing bass guitar with Newcastle-based band "The Honest Johns". He spent four years touring and recording with the band through the late 1980s and into the early 1990s before leaving to take up full-time education at Newcastle University. While Peter was a student he was also a member of the band Cactusman. Peter wrote the song "Killer", which appeared on the CD album North of London, a collection of music by North East bands released through Newcastle Arts. Straughan co-wrote the 2006 feature film, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and adapted Toby Young's memoir How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. He is the writer of the 2009 film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-writer of the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay, a screenplay he wrote in collaboration with his late wife Bridget O'Connor. O'Connor died of cancer, aged 49, in 2010, before the film was released. They were awarded a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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