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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

Writer:

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

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Comedy | Drama

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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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Box Office

Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,945
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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

Jeremy: You know, they do anything to be in a position at your age.
Art: I know. That's why I am volunteering. Giving my time, to help the community.
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References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »

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I'm Doing Fine
Written by Joe Hastings and Oliver Irving
Performed by Joe Hastings, Gary Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mike Pearce and Johnny White
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Quite Enjoyable Film, A Nice Pattinson
25 March 2010 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A young man is a psychologically mess... his girlfriend leaves him, he doesn't mesh well with his friends, he loses his volunteer job. He turns to the strangest place for help: a Canadian therapist who moves in with him.

This is director Oliver Irving's first and only film, as of this writing. And it's a good one. It is an IFC film, and there's no denying it fits in that category alongside Wes Anderson films and perhaps "Garden State". This won't be as big, and with good reason, but thanks to Robert Pattinson's popularity, it will get more viewings from people who would otherwise never have heard of it.

I really enjoyed the therapist (who sadly appears to have passed during the making of this film). And Pattinson does a fine job as a whiny nerd. His character is incredibly annoying, but such a different one from "Twilight" or "Remember Me" that it gives me the sense that he just might have a bit of range inside of him and may someday break free of the Edward Cullen trap.


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