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How to Be (2009)

Rebecca Pidgeon , Jeremy Hardy , Oliver Irving  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Hardy, Michael Irving, Robert Pattinson, Powell Jones
  • Directors: Oliver Irving
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MD3USC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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TWILIGHT star Robert Pattinson takes on a new kind of role as Arthur, a twenty-something supermarket clerk and depressed musician who s just been dumped by his girlfriend and has to move back home to his emotionally distant parents. But when Arthur discovers the best-selling self-help book It s Not Your Fault, he spends his inheritance on hiring the oddball author to be his live-in life-coach. Can a dreamy poet suffering from a quarterlife crisis now find a way to become more normal , or is Arthur just a romantic misfit who could change his world just by being himself? Rebecca Pidgeon (THE UNIT) co-stars in this painfully funny and surprising comedy about getting by, growing up and letting go, featuring original songs performed by Robert Pattinson.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awkwardly funny and heartwarming September 22, 2009
By Wanda
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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!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining October 15, 2009
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.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning to watch. September 5, 2009
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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films due to a great script October 25, 2009
By Sarah
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... Read more ›
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO BE September 3, 2009
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Funny British comedy and Robert Pattinson was so entertaining to watch!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious August 7, 2010
Astonishingly, I loved this film. Rob Pattinson has many layers. It's a surprise whenever I encounter new work of his. In this film, he is outrageously funny, endearing, and less confused than all the other characters, including his therapist. I laughed out loud a LOT. Rob P. is truly the Cary Grant of a generation, but more important, he is the consumate artist by whom others will be judged.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for part 2... Art grows up November 12, 2009
By Batman
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I saw the movie once on the big screen and twice on pay per view. I liked it a lot. Art is like a Jolly green giant who doesn't fit in anywhere. But only when he does his music which I hope gets explored more in the next film: (Art grows up?) I'm hoping they make a part two of what happens to Art and if he finds success and can he find a fringe success. The other kooky characters: Arts friends: the shut in Nikki)and the sex pert! I feel like them( minus the gas, glue, coke and sex) when you want to know whats going on right across the street but are too afraid to go out.
I understood this movie and appreciated the realness and crispness shown. Hunee B
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be charmed by RobArt December 19, 2009
By Nidkah
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I loved this movie and I did not think I was going to be charmed by the character of Art. If you like British humour, this is your kind of movie. If you like indie movies, you'll love this one. And if you don't know how you feel about Rob's acting, then I suggest you give this movie a chance. The only thing I can say about the story is everybody knows someone like Art, someone who is neurotic, depressed, all over the place and a total mess. At the end of the movie you'll realize your life is not that bad at all! Also you'll go and hug your parents and question your taste in friends, ha, ha. Give it a try.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for any twilight fan!
Published 2 days ago by Elle Cullen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sorry this movie was boring.
Published 13 days ago by Jojo Nekona
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it for a true Rob fan!
If you love Rob, this is an endearing movie to watch. Completely different from all of his other characters, Art is desperate to find worth in something where he's not just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I find it sad and funny and a great little movie
Published 1 month ago by Linda Shalz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love him! Great actor!
Published 2 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Ann Winstead
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama/Comedy Film
I would say that Robert Pattinson and his co-stars did a good job at their character portrayals and storyline, but as a movie lover, I wouldn't suggest this film, unless you're... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars movie rate..
Great movie and high quality enjoyed this mo ie and the price was perfect...would make a nice gift for any rob/edward fan..
Published 8 months ago by pam
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange
I don't know how Robert Pattinson manages to be in so many strange movies, but he does. Actually, I kind of liked this, but it is not a main-stream kind of movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by hephaestion
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Be - Review
Although I would never sit to watch any of the Twilight films, How to Be starring Robert Pattinson shows his different shades in his acting skills. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dora
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