About a Boy

About a Boy

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

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The critic and audience hit of 2002, this bright and insightful film comes to DVD after a short delay. The picture, framed at 2.35:1 (a cut up pan-and-scan version is also available on a separate disc) looks very good. Colors are nicely reproduced, but detail isn't particularly strong. This doesn't hamper a awfully good transfer though, as there are no signs of wear nor any distracting elements. The 5.1 English and French Dolby Digital tracks don't have a lot of life, but are certainly adequate for this type of small film. It's not the kind of production where a wide dynamic sound field would be expected, therefore the clear, distortion free sound emanating from the front speakers is perfectly in line. As for extras, a nice variety has been included. To begin with, a scene-specific commentary from directors Paul and Chris Weitz is included that perfectly suites the film. As with many Universal DVD releases, this one includes the short "spotlight on location" with interviews from the directors, Hugh Grant, author Nick Hornby, and others. With some interesting moments, it still doesn't add up to a lot beyond a studio fluff piece. Seven deleted scenes, with optional directors' commentary are also included, as well as a humorous, though all-too-brief "English to English" dictionary, explaining British slang terms. Badly Drawn Boy, who wrote the songs for the film provide two entertaining music videos for the songs, "Something to Talk About" and "Silent Sigh," and a 21-minute interview with Damon Gough, (who is Badly Drawn Boy) discussing his career. Finishing things off (if that wasn't enough) are the lyrics for the song "Santa's Super Sleigh," the trailer for this film and other Universal titles such as Notting Hill, Meet the Parents, and Johnny English, plus standard filmographies and productions notes. Those who saw About a Boy know just how good it is; those that didn't now have their chance.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2003
UPC: 0025192197925
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 12,759

Special Features

Closed Caption; Hilarious deleted scenes; Feature commentary with directors Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz; Exciting music videos by Badly Drawn Boy; "Santa's Super Sleigh" lyrics to the entire song; Spotlight on location: the making of About a Boy; English to English dictionary; DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Grant Will Freeman
Nicholas Hoult Marcus
Toni Collette Fiona
Rachel Weisz Rachel
Isabel Brooke Angie
Victoria Smurfit 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Two Boys (Main Titles) [6:49]
2. Fabulous Single Mums [4:09]
3. Bad Times [2:25]
4. S.P.A.T. [4:27]
5. The Weird Kid [3:10]
6. Duck Killer [2:18]
7. Emergency [6:27]
8. Cool Uncle Will [5:21]
9. Will's New Friend [8:52]
10. Cool New Shoes [3:30]
11. Marcus in the Middle [4:49]
12. Christmas [5:49]
13. Rachel [4:26]
14. My Son Marcus [6:33]
15. Truth & Consequences [4:39]
16. Something for Mum [4:21]
17. Worried About Marcus [1:23]
18. The School Concert [6:11]
19. No Man Is an Island [8:03]
20. End Titles [2:23]

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About a Boy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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.
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
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'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.
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
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.
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'.
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