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How To Be [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Robert Pattinson, Jeremy Hardy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Powell Jones
  • Directors: Oliver Irving
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025V4TZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wry British comedy starring Robert Pattinson as Art, a struggling musician and poet in his mid-20s who moves back in with his parents after finding himself in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. After reading a self-help book called 'It's Not Your Fault', Art decides to take affirmative action and enlists the help of the book's author, Dr Ellington (Powell Jones), to tackle his existential dilemmas and help him to move on in his life.

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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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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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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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This is absolutely brilliant.

I've seen this film at the Australian screening and it's just amazing. Robert did an awesome jov as Art the struggling 25 year old at the centre of the story. Oliver Irving is a fantastic director and I'm hoping to see more of his work.
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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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By Nhya on 30 April 2009
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I pre-orderd this movie earlier in the month, but it was released on IFC Festival Direct on April 29th and I was able to watch it. This movie is really good. I love the random yet real feel it has to it. It is so relatable on so many levels, but it's also hilarious.. Everyone in this film did an exceptional job. SUPPORT THIS FILM AND IT'S ACTORS BY GETTING THE WORD OUT AND PURCHASING IT! You will not be disappointed.
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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 .But not surprised he usually picks strange films to make can't think this made any money ,will not bother to keep next visit to Charity shop will get my copy.Not prejudiced have kept all other RP films not just Twilight but Bel ami Cosmo Remember Me Ashes etc as I do watch films again but not this one.
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what can i say but this is THE film to buy
Festival viewings have been buzzing and Robert really is the rising star
well done to the producer Justin who has worked hard to get it off the ground, never easy but he knows how to be. The pied piper has risen to the 5th floor.
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