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Product Details

  • Actors: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Hardy, Michael Irving, Robert Pattinson, Powell Jones
  • Directors: Oliver Irving
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002MD3USC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,714 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Pattinson/Pidgeon ~ How To Be

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This flic is definitely weird but I found it entertaining just the same. If you appreciate British humour, there are moments you will likely laugh out loud. If you are expecting a Hollywood style movie, you will be disappointed but if you enjoy small indie films, it is worth the watch.
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The idea sounds kind of cool...have a famous author of a psychological "self-help" book come right into your home to help you deal with your parental/life problems. It could've had great potential, but the parents are unlikable drips with no development and his friends are nerdier than your own friends and for most of the movie, we see only Rob's shag, and not his sweet face. R Pattz is convincing as a nerd and I still love him dearly for even taking on such a wimpy role (although better executed with the good script in the movie "The Worst Mother's Handbook". So kuddos to him, but please go see his Twilight era movies such as Little Ashes and Bel Ami before heading back to this historic drek.
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It was like real live ,so sad and so funny. I have a friend ,who is like that man ,played by Robert P.
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A sweet, odd, hilarious, somewhat dark comedic drama. Very indie/arty, and if you're not used to that style you probably won't like it immediately. However, if you give it a chance and go with its tone- a thin, wavering, frequently ignored line between sincerity and satire, tragedy and comedy- than it has so much to offer. Art is an Everyman for a confused, over-analytical, undefined generation of young people; mainlining on the naval-gaze, caught up in the self-help industry, and not knowing what it takes to just enjoy oneself and live in the moment.

A lot of viewers seem to hate the film because they find Art pathetic and sometimes he is, but that's not *all* that he is and, if we're honest about ourselves, we know that we're pathetic sometimes too. We are all ridiculous, humans are ridiculous. Just own it. Besides which, his problems in the film are real, relateable, and not all of his own making. I mean, sure, he's probably overreacting, but it's understandable. He hasn't been equipped to cope with or comprehend his own life. I think most people feel that way at some point in their lives; trapped and isolated and as if they're missing out on what "normal" is supposed to be like. He's utterly average (wanting to be a musician and lacking the talent, wanting to be profound and lacking the wisdom, wanting to be in love and failing to notice he's not) and his problem is he doesn't know how to *be* average.

This film is both over-the-top and funny and deeply real and touching at the same time. The scene where Art is trying to hug his mum and she's pushing him away is funny, but it's also gutting, because we've all been there in one way or another.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981f1378) out of 5 stars Awkwardly funny and heartwarming Sept. 22 2009
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This is a funny film, the humor can be awkward and uncomfortable but in a charming way. This is a good movie if you can appreciate this kind of humor. Robert Pattinson portrays his character well, he's sad and pathetic and likable. Rebecca Pidgeon (who is always good) and Michael Irving play the mother and father and are both great!
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980cebc4) out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining Oct. 15 2009
By R. S. Ollis - Published on
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I watch this movie ON DEMAND as one of those "watch it the day it's released in theatres" sort of thing. Basically, I wanted to see Robert in a role that wasn't vampire or wizard related. The Twilight buzz has officially worn off and I was really just over the whole R-Pattz & K-Stew phase. This movie was hilarious! I am not a British Comedy fan by any means either. It was just plain fun. Parts were so quirky and weird and uneasy, but so believable and relatable. Robert was sensational. It was nice to see that he really can act outside the hype of his other movies. This movie is a must see for everyone.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98909d08) out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning to watch. Sept. 5 2009
By Alisha Pack - Published on
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Hits on so many serious notes in such a funny way. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who doesn't understand ironic humor. Robert pattinson does an amazing job with a character who is awkward and looking to find reasons for who he is.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aae00e4) out of 5 stars One of my favorite films due to a great script Oct. 25 2009
By Sarah - Published on
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I think this is a solid film for what it is. It's an indie film and while it may have an editing mistake or two, the script is near perfect. Brilliant and hilarious, it also hits a heartfelt note at the turning point of the movie where Art (Pattinson) hits his breaking point. The director has said several times that the idea of it was how interesting it would be to bring this American "self-help" culture to Britain. And the outcome is this witty, cute film. It is a character driven film, and with that said I think all the actors were perfect for their roles (even though the mom came on a bit strong, Rebecca Pidgeon is a great actress, and I loved the constant line of "I wonder about you sometimes...") and all gave very sincere performances. People will say this film only gets seen because of Pattinson, but the truth is even though he does a great job in it (he appears to be very comfortable in "normal" roles and I would say he should do more comedy), the actors who play his friends are highly underrated. I think they're absolutely hilarious and I think their characters actually steal the spotlight from Art many times. That's because Art's character is actually ignored a bit by his friends, who treat and speak to him in quite a patronizing manner most of the time. They really are not good friends at all. They all have their individual problems, but it's funny that they treat him the way they do because one could say that they actually have bigger problems than Art. Art is the sometimes whiney, sensitive attention-seeker who is insensitive or unaware of his actions around people. He's not supposed to be a likable character! He has issues and this is his story of trying to figure out those issues and come to terms with his life... realizing he doesn't have to figure everything out and life will not be perfect. His friend Nikki pretty much only talks about women and how to supposedly get them (hilarious). The other friend, Ronnie, is an agoraphobic computer nerd who also has clean freak OCD tendencies, and is also quite whiney. The pub scene is one of my favorites because you see that even though the friends are somewhat indifferent to each other, they are starting to come together because of their common bond (their sad attempt at music-haha) but there are so many ridiculous(ly good:) scenes and things that happen in this film - and so many funny lines! Like someone else said, if you don't get this kind of dry humor, you won't like it.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980f0318) out of 5 stars HOW TO BE Sept. 3 2009
By melissa carmichael - Published on
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I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Funny British comedy and Robert Pattinson was so entertaining to watch!!

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