FILM: How to Stop Being a Loser (15)

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A thirty-something loner attempts to discover the art of seducing women in this independent British comedy directed by Dominic Burns and written by Chris Grezo and Rupert Knowles.

James (Simon Phillips) is traumatised when his best friend Ian (Richard E Grant) commits suicide in front of a commuter train after he fails to chat up a woman on the station platform.

Determined to honour Ian’s memory by metamorphosing into a 21st century love god, James turns to dating guru Ampersand (Craig Conway), who learned everything he knows from the world famous Zeus (Martin Kemp).

Alas, Ampersand’s guidance about modern courtship doesn’t always deliver winning results but James carries on regardless, setting his sights on the gorgeous and previously unattainable Hannah (Gemma Atkinson).

Released: November 18 (UK, selected cinemas), 109 mins