How to Be
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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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The film is about Arthur (Pattinson), a college graduate that works at a supermarket, but he's depressed, musically frustrated and his girlfriend dumps him. In his effort to solve his own issues, he makes a bold decision. He hires a life coach that is somewhat sweet, but also odd (well like most characters in this movie). In his journey of self-recovery, the audience also meets his cold parents and his socially awkard friends in the mix which makes this film a unique charm.
Beneath the obvious story of sad boy finds hope and courage inside himself, ther is a deeper more interesting story. Why do we do the things we do? Is it all a result of how we are raised? What if those who raised us never really cared for us?
Though I enjoy the moments that Art has with his family and Levi Ellington (the guru), the best parts occur when he is with his friends. What a motley crew! Art has two best friends that show up throughout the movie, Nicky Fierce and Ronny. Nicky was a loser kid in high school who completely changed his life in order to persue the only thing that matters to him, "wimmen". Some of the funniest parts in the movie are thanks to Nicky Fierce. Ronny is a sad case. An obvious agoraphobic, Ronny avoid leaving the flat his father pays for and perfers to stay at home making his music. That music being an dittys plaid on electronic keyboard. Ronny acts like his life is swell, but there are moments where the cracks show and it becomes clear how unhappy he is.
Altogether, this is one of my favorite movies. Art is funny and sweet and his situation is very relateable. See it, not because it features Robert Pattinson but because it's just a good movie.
If you like this, you should try to find an earlier piece he did for ITV (the broadcast channel for England)-it was called "Bad Mother's Handbook". I don't believe it is for sale in the USA but you can watch it online. If you thought he looked different in How To Be, what until you see him in this.
This movie tells the story of Art, an average guy trying to find his way in life. He is forced to move back with his parents after a breakup with his girlfriend. Art's struggle to find meaning in his life leads to him using his inheritance to hire a self help guru to help him find his way. This leads to many hysterical scenes that show Rob's true versatility as an actor.
Rob's role as Art truly is a completely different from anything I had seen him in before and I was thoroughly pleased with his ability to pull off this character. I would recommend this film whole heartedly.