About a Boy

About a Boy

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Director: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Cast: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult

     
 

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London's most frequently eligible bachelor gets some lessons in growing up from a maladroit 12-year-old boy in this third big-screen adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel, directed and co-written by siblings Chris and Paul Weitz of American Pie fame.…  See more details below

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London's most frequently eligible bachelor gets some lessons in growing up from a maladroit 12-year-old boy in this third big-screen adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel, directed and co-written by siblings Chris and Paul Weitz of American Pie fame. About a Boy concerns the parallel coming-of-age stories of the thirtysomething Will (Hugh Grant), a layabout "serial nice guy" living a posh, carefree lifestyle off his deceased father's fortune; and the preteen Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), a bright but awkward youth who's tired of his mom Fiona's (Toni Collette) depressed, boyfriend-less state. Their paths collide when Will, deciding that single mothers are the easiest romantic conquests on the dating scene, fabricates a two-year-old son and joins a group called S.P.A.T. (Single Parents Alone Together). Marcus is wise to Will's scheme, however, and through some incessant pestering and blackmail, he contrives for Will to date Fiona. Though Will doesn't hit it off immediately with either Marcus or his mother, he gradually begins to open up to the people around him -- so much so that he attracts the attention of another attractive single mom (Rachel Weisz). A U.S./U.K. co-production of Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Films and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title (the company responsible for the Grant-related Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones's Diary), About a Boy was co-written by What's Eating Gilbert Grape creator Peter Hedges.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A thoroughly pleasant but decidedly un-romantic comedy boasting another witty star turn from Hugh Grant, this Nick Hornby adaptation belongs to the increasingly common subgenre of hybrid British-American comedy-dramas that are easy enough going down, but may leave viewers with a few naggingly unresolved character arcs and motivations. As a funny, involving tale of redemption for a lazy, spoiled lad edging toward middle age, About a Boy succeeds. Hugh Grant is one of the few actors since Cary Grant who can remain likeable even as he's committing near-despicable acts of dishonesty, and directors Chris and Paul Weitz have found a perfect foil for him in the disarmingly guileless Nicholas Hoult. They've also managed to make their first genuinely stylish film, shot with grainy aplomb by Remi Adefarasin (less successful are editor Nick Moore's showy jump cuts and wipe transitions). But their script, written with Peter Hedges, leaves something to be desired in its romantic half. By the time About a Boy reveals the charming but ineffectual love interest Rachel Weisz, audiences may be long past the point of caring if, when, or with whom its cad of a protagonist is going to settle down. It doesn't help that the luminous Toni Collette, though saddled with a frump of a role, walks off with every scene she's in, and has unlimited depth and chemistry with Grant. Though the Weitz brothers have proven that they have heart to spare when it comes to their lovelorn heroes -- American Pie proved as much -- ultimately, they're not as democratic when it comes to some of their supporting characters, and engaging as it is, About a Boy can't help but suffer as a result.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
Hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2 Hugh Grant, who has a good line in charm, has never been more charming than in About a Boy.
Hollywood Reporter
Beautifully written and directed and packed with excellent performances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
UPC:
5050582832655
Original Release:
2002
Source:
Ais
Sales rank:
68,045

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Grant Will Freeman
Nicholas Hoult Marcus
Toni Collette Fiona
Rachel Weisz Rachel
Isabel Brooke Angie
Victoria Smurfit Susie,Suzie
Sharon Small Christine

Technical Credits
Chris Weitz Director,Screenwriter
Paul Weitz Director,Screenwriter
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Tim Bevan Producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Robert De Niro Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Garry Freeman Art Director
Lynn Harris Executive Producer
Peter Hedges Screenwriter
Nick Hornby Executive Producer
Priscilla John Casting
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Meadows Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Moore Editor
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Patrick Seymour Musical Arrangement

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About a Boy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still quoting this movie. It's filled with hilarious, perfectly dead-pan one-liners delivered perfectly by Hugh Grant. The human side of the story holds up its end of the bargain fairly well, but the comedy alone is worth the price of entry. If you're a fan of the British school of humor, this is your flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the best I have seen in long time. Best story line, and humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was released the same day as Star Wars episode 2 (Clone Wars). Amazingly, Hugh Grant and company delivered the better Memorial Day release. Actually one of the best movies summer of 2002. Watch, laugh, and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the plot of the story which you can Will's changes gradually from a self-centred to a caring, loving guy. I like the way Hugh Grant protrayed Will, speaking with brutal tone. His boyish behaviour makes me laugh all the time, telling lies, chasing ambulance and ridding his life of all responsibility. Above all, his sarcastic remarks, "the most killing is that both of them close their eyes."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie. It's one of those that you like to watch over and over again. Grant plays a very cynical and selfish and lonely man whose life gets interrupted by a kid. It's funny, moving, and some parts are jsut embarassing. You should definately get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it took me a looong time to see this movie i heard it was good. finally one day i saw it and i went to sleep late because i couldn't stop watching it. it is soo good i wish to tell people if you buy it like me without ever seen it you would not have wasted your money in vain. now i am looking for the book to read it.
GianettaGS More than 1 year ago
Possibly my favorite movie. I love the real life situations and how the movie deals with sensitive subjects so truthfully and cleaverly, but it is a feel good movie that playfully and wittily creates a feel good movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
About A Boy is a hilarious film with substance as well. You care about these characters and want to see where the story takes you in addition it's a film filled with humor that will leave you wanting more. Hugh Grant delivers an outstanding performance, a little different then some of his twitchy characters in other popular films, not to mention Toni Collette and the boy who plays her son who give their characters realistic and loveable traits. I think men and women alike will enjoy this film as it is as funny and full of guy humor as it is sensitive. Check this movie out it's a rare cinematic find!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of those comedies where you can't stop laughing. I see lots of movies, but none compare to the wit and charm found here in About A Boy. I am not normally a Hugh Grant fan, but I am now. He redeemed himself in this movie and I love the actor who plays Marcus. The directing was brilliant and the screenplay was clever. I loved everything about it. I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not into chick flicks much, but I gave this movie a try for my girlfriend. The first thought that came to my mind was: ''Oh god, a chick flick with Hugh Grant, the pansy from England.'' But after about 15-20 mins, I was laughing and actually enjoying the movie. I suggest this movie for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. And I highly suspect that this is how Hugh Grant see's himself at times (like his character in the movie) which is why he made this movie so believable. Robert Deniro bought the rights to the film before Hugh could do it himself as they both felt it would be a great movie. Since Hugh couldn't own it, he contacted 'Bob' and was asked to play the lead but not before trying to make it americanized. Hugh felt it was written by an english bloke (Nick Hornby) and should be made as an english movie too. Bob realized Hugh was right and made it with english characters. I agree, the english way is the only way for this film. It's funny yet has feeling. You learn from this film too...things such as how it was Jon Bon Jovi who first said 'No man is an island'. You'll laugh, you'll cry...and totally enjoy the soundtrack from 'Badly Drawn Boy'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quirky tale about the rich and lonely son of a one-hit-wonder (Grant), and Marcus, the frumpy 12 year old son of a single, suicidal hippiechick, who inconvienently invades his well controled and solitary existence. Grant, Nicholas Hoult (Marcus), and Toni Collette all deliver charming performances in this warm but funny movie about very different lives intersecting.
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