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How To Be (2008) Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Pidgeon, Powell Jones

Robert Pattinson , Rebecca Pidgeon , Oliver Irving    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Pidgeon, Powell Jones
  • Directors: Oliver Irving
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to be a decent actor 24 Jun 2009
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How To Be is a movie which pre-dates all the hysteria and hoopla of "Twilight" and, when taken with the rest of Rob Pattinson's body of work, gives a real indication of how versatile he is as an actor. In fact, I have yet to see him in anything which repeats or duplicates previous roles. Here he shows a deft comedic touch, playing the socially inept and emotionally isolated Art. His coldly aloof parents are so distanced from him and each other that one has to wonder how he was ever even conceived! Art battles to find his place in the world, believing that his future lies in music, despite his woeful lack of talent, and his inter-action with his two friends provides the funniest moments in the film. Desperately seeking solutions he reads a self-help book and then, much to his parents' chagrin and bemusement, blows a small inheritance on bringing the Canadian author to England to act as his personal life-guru, with limited success. As in real life, there is no neat happy ending, but the film's conclusion is, nevertheless, upbeat and positive, if only for Art. On the basis of this and Little Ashes I think it is likely that we can expect young Mr Pattinson to keep getting better - and if he keeps picking such diverse and interesting roles I believe he has a long and successful career ahead of him.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very amusing look at a 1/4 life crisis, well written and executed.
The funniest bit has to be when he decides to let all his pent up anger out on the tree and lampost after a last ditch attempt to bond with his mother and father.
Nice to see that the talented Robert Pattinson still isnt allowing himself to be typecast, which could have so easily happened after Harry Potter and off of the back of Twilight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab! 9 Jun 2009
I first went to see this movie at a screening in Leicester Squares Prince Charles cinema, where the director and some of the cast were present for a Q&A session after the film had concluded. I have to say, it's been a while since I've watched a film where so many people in the audience were laughin, almost all the way through. I totally loved it, all the performances were great, every character with their own demons, and so many tragically funny parts that are both cringe-worthy and hillarious, the "hug" scene comes to mind!! I've watched this film a few times since i've brought it, and I have to say, I enjoy it more every time. Brilliant!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of How To Be 30 May 2009
By Emma C.
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I really liked this film. It is very short and the premise is somewhat far-fetched but all the performances were very good and Robert Pattinson was delightfully annoying as Art, the needy nerd with the awful dress sense and the ice cold parents.

What was especially lovely was the documentary of the making of the film. Rob came over in that as a really professional, dedicated musician, and it was fascinating to hear how the songs should sound compared to Art's inept versions.

The other actors were really good performers and made their characters very believable. Don't suppose this film would have ever seen the light of day were it not for Rob's sudden fame but don't let that put you off - it's a very good film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD! 28 May 2009
I bought this dvd obviously because I'm a fan of Twilight and thus Robert Pattinson, and I absolutely loved it (and not just for Rob!) I think this film really shows what a great actor Robert is; whereas in Twilight it was very much a case that no matter his acting skills he was going to be loved, in How To Be he really takes it to the next level, and manages to pull off depressed, lonely, kind of weird and funny all at once. Incredible performance.

But the film isn't just brilliant because of Rob. Co-stars Mike Pearce and Johnny White add in just enough humour to stop you feeling as sad and depressed as Rob's character Art does in the film. Johnny White especially is fantastic as the neurotic, posessive and yet ambitious Ronny (my favourite character), and his is an interesting little side story in the film.

It's a really, really good film - sad in parts, funny throughout, very well cast and well acted - and the plot is just excellent. There's also some cute special features, including some extended/alternate scenes which show the actors ad-libbing (something I always love), and a short, Making Of feature.

I'd recommend this film to ANYONE, not just fans of Robert Pattinson. Even if you aren't a fan of Twilight, give this a chance. You'll see Rob in a whole new light.

10/10, five stars, 100% amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a pretty face 9 Jun 2009
By TracyA
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I have watched this film endlessly since buying it and it keeps getting better and better. Robert Pattinson demonstrates what a fine young actor he is and shows a total lack of vanity and dedication to his craft. without the famously gorgeous hairstyle and cool wardrobe to distract you, his ability to utterly inhabit the pathetic but endearing lead character of Art is hugely impressive. This character starts the film at rock bottom and manages to sink even deeper during the course of the story. Only an actor of Pattinson's stature could bring this character to life in the way he does, and make the audience care so much about someone who is essentially a self-absorbed loser. If you are a fan of Robert Pattinson you have to see this film, and if you're wondering what all the hype is about, this will convince you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars How to be R.Pattinson
Certainly showed a different side to Rob .Cant say I particularly liked it ,totally out of touch parents,inept son difficult to
like ,strange friends . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Samuelle40
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am an Amazon fan and a faithful client. I do want to leave positive reviews when they are deserved but I don't have enough fantasy to invent a new review every time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DejanD
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Film
A lighthearted film starring a young Robert Pattinson, playing a moody teenager searching for his way in life. Fun to see him playing his guitar.
Published 18 months ago by georgina roper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film on coming of age
I enjoyed this unusual coming of age drama and found it funny where it was supposed to be and worth it
Published 20 months ago by Mayflower
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Robert Pattinson
Love Robert Pattinson so all films are being collected good or bad... Film a little slow but ok. The service from the supplier was great will definitely use again.
Published 20 months ago by Jackie
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird and not bad but not brilliant
Very odd film. Uncomfortable viewing. I suppose it's refreshing to see a film without an apparent target audience, but by the same token it's hard to say who would actually enjoy... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bill Fraud
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm In The Dog House
I have purchased all of the Robert Pattinson films from Amazon for my wife who is an ardent fan of his. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Tomsgrandad
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing!
It is a very sad, emotional story, but Robert Pattinson delivers it to the full!!! I've watched it three times already, and every time I find my self crying not with pity for Art... Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by chris.kall
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Pattinson is excellent
This comes across as a low budget independant film. It's flawed in some respects - I wasn't convinced by some of the performances. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by P. Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny!
I received this as a random gift and of course, it starring Robert Pattinson and all, couldn't wait to see it. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by amberocks
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