About a Boy: The Shooting Script (The Newmarket Shooting Script Series)

Overview

New in the acclaimed series—the new film starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity). Coming from Universal Pictures in April 2002, produced by Tribeca Productions and Working Title Films. Based on Nick Hornby's popular novel, About A Boy is a comedy-drama starring Hugh Grant as Will, a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a ...

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Overview

New in the acclaimed series—the new film starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity). Coming from Universal Pictures in April 2002, produced by Tribeca Productions and Working Title Films. Based on Nick Hornby's popular novel, About A Boy is a comedy-drama starring Hugh Grant as Will, a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up. The cast also includes Toni Collette (Sixth Sense, Shaft), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy Returns, Sunshine), and Nicholas Hoult. 20 b/w photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These days, it seems as if Hugh Grant plays every bumblingly charming British fellow in the movies. With Boy, for which he garnered a Golden Globe nomination, he has perfected the formula. Will (Grant) is a rich and spoiled thirtysomething with zero responsibility and almost as much hope of ever growing up. He divides his trivial life into "units," allotted variously to shopping, preening, and watching massive amounts of telly. Enter Marcus (newcomer Nicholas Hoult), a hopelessly square 12-year-old who latches onto Will after his mother attempts suicide. While he tries to help the kid up his cool factor (the elements of which Will knows well), Will eventually realizes that he can care about someone other than himself. Based on Nick Hornby's best seller, Boy is an infinitely better adaptation than that of Hornby's High Fidelity and scored a Golden Globe nod for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy. Grant is as dapper and beguiling as ever and only slightly overshadowed by Hoult's pie-eyed performance. The popularity of Hornby and Grant will secure demand, but note that this is only the shooting script, with a few black-and-white film stills thrown in for good measure. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557045713
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/19/2002
  • Series: Newmarket Shooting Script Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,173,472
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges adapted his first novel, What'sEating Gilbert Grape, for director Lasse Hallström.His second novel was An Ocean in Iowa. His otherscreenplay adaptations include A Map of the Worldand About a Boy, which was nominated for anAcademy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Paul Weitz co-wrote and co-directed blockbuster hits About a Boy (nominated for an Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay) and American Pie. Previously, with his brother Chris, he collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz.

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