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About A Boy

(DVD - 2002)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Will is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is to avoid any kind of responsibility. So he decides to invent an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms. Will gets a lesson about life from a bright but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus. Now, as Will struggles to teach Marcus the art of being cool, Marcus teaches Will that you are never too cool to grow up.
Statement of Responsibility: Universal Pictures and Studio Canal present a Tribeca/Working Title production, a Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz film ; producers, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner ; screenplay writers, Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz ; directors, Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
Title: About a boy
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2002
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the book by Nick Hornby
Special features: English to English dictionary!; "Killing me softly" sing-along karaoke style; "Santa's super sleigh": lyrics to the entire song; deleted scenes with director's comments; "Making-of" featurette; how cool are you? quiz; hilarious outtakes; exciting music videos
Credits: Director of photography, Remi Adefarasin ; editor, Nick Moore ; music, Badly Drawn Boy ; costume designer, Joanna Johnston ; production designer, Jim Clay.
Performers: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Isabel Brook, Sharon Small, Victoria Smurfit, Nicholas Hoult.
Summary: Will is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is to avoid any kind of responsibility. So he decides to invent an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms. Will gets a lesson about life from a bright but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus. Now, as Will struggles to teach Marcus the art of being cool, Marcus teaches Will that you are never too cool to grow up.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 brief strong language and some thematic elements
System Details: DVD, Dolby surround, digitally recorded
DVD, Dolby surround, digitally recorded
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Bachelors Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Comedy films Comedy films. lcsh
Genre/Form: Feature films
Comedy films
Feature films
Feature films-Great Britain
Feature films-United States
Comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Bachelors
Man-woman relationships
Comedy films
Comedy films
Publisher No: 21979
ISBN: 0783268645
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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Oct 15, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Pretty good. The description of the story-line seemed a little sketchy, but it turned out better than I expected. The dark nature of an important segment of the plot seems like it would be difficult to incorporate into a comedy. Hugh Grant's acting skills are what make this movie work. It's really an excellent acting performance on his part and is worth watching just for that. The other actors are competent for the most part, but their performances are nothing special. It's almost like watching two different movies, one when Hugh Grant is in the scene, and another -- a far less engaging version -- when he isn't. Still, overall, recommended.

Jun 30, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Reminded me of Notting Hill in that it was pretty slick…almost too slick. But, the script was a cut above the usual kind of stuff like this--which made the calculated and sentimental elements of the plot much more tolerable.

Jun 02, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent example of a movie adaptation that differs significantly from the source, yet provides its own luminous pleasures. Hugh Grant was born to play the role of callow Will, the novelty song trust fund beneficiary who devotes his life to doing and feeling... nothing. Nicholas Hoult gives excellent support as a socially inept 12 year old determined to puncture Will's cocooned existence. The film jettisons the novel's subsidiary characters and plot lines, focusing on this central relationship, and manufactures a more cinematic ending. While the novel is a richer experience, the interplay between Grant and Hoult is both comic and emotionally satisfying.

Cute and funny! Super quirky too!

Jun 30, 2011
  • roadhockey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Also works as a Christmas movie.

Apr 29, 2011
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This film was better than I thought it would be, and had some legitimate laugh-out-loud moments. Although I believe the casting wasn't the greatest. Also, Rachel Weisz was good, but she was hardly in the thing! not exactly deserving of top-billing.

Nov 14, 2010
  • cjr2010 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book is of course better but...I did like this movie. :) Casting is good and did love the play of relationships between characters.
Def worth watching.

Mar 29, 2010
  • humbleworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is probably Hugh Grant's best film as an actor (despite the success of Notting Hill) because he finally plays a character with some rough edges, who is accused, ironically, of being as shallow as the series of likeable but weak roles Hugh has been typecast for.

Dec 17, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Leonard Maltin gave this a 3 but I think it was a 5 star

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Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) lives a very comfortable and leisurely lifestyle in London thanks to substantial royalties left to him from the successful Christmas song that his father composed. Will does not need to work and spends most of his free time watching television, and reading about pop culture. When Will's friends, Christine (Sharon Small) and John (Nicholas Hutchinson), ask him to be the godfather of their second child, Will bluntly refuses, insisting that he "really is that shallow". In an attempt to avoid spending time with the couple, Will meets Angie (Isabel Brook), a single mother, but the two only share a brief relationship which, to Will's surprise actually ends amicably. Afterward, Will comes up with the idea of attending a single-parents group called "SPAT" (Single Parents Alone Together) to meet potential female partners. As part of his ploy, he claims to have a two-year-old son named Ned. His plan succeeds and he meets Suzie (Victoria Smurfit).

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