About A Boy

About A Boy

DVD - 2002
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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.
Publisher: Willowdale, ON : Universal Studios, 2002
ISBN: 9780783268644
Branch Call Number: ABO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4in


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Feb 18, 2018

Hugh Grant reprises a familiar spoiled,man-child role. While some of the scenes with the borrowed 12-year old boy are funny and occasionally touching, it falters as it deals with the adults suddenly deciding to grow up.

Aug 27, 2017

Not a bad movie, not the greatest. But it kept my interest till the end. But one I would not go out of my way to recommend.

Jul 07, 2017

What a waste of potential.

Jul 02, 2017

Definitely my kind of movie - about people and families and relationships (with no gratuitous sex or violence). All of the acting is top form. This movies is a little bit sad, a little bit funny, a little bit romantic, and confirms my belief that people have the capacity for love and generosity. I'm pretty sure I had seen this before but so enjoyed watching it even if it was for the second time.

ArapahoeTiegan Dec 15, 2016

I have loved Nicolas Hoult ever since he was this funny looking kid in this movie! His chemistry with Hugh Grant is absolutely amazing. Though my favorite part is when Nicolas is rapping a song by Mystikal and gets yelled at by none other than Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena)! Very lovely, heartfelt movie, with wonderful comedic moments!

May 23, 2016

At times veering between weird and uncomfortably close to the truth, but a likeable movie all the same.

Apr 26, 2016

The main reason I watched this is because Nicholas Hoult is one of my fave actors and this was his break into the film business. He plays a sensitive, aware, and honest young boy. Hugh Grant plays his charming cad character, as always, that is forced to "grow up". Personally I think it's pretty shitty to suggest that one has to conform to the traditional lifestyle of pairing up and having kids to qualify as "grown up" because really, the normal life is so boring!
To other women out there - There are more choices to life than just being someone's woman and/or mother!

May 06, 2015

Nicholas Hoult was really good in this movie and really likeable. I thought Toni Collette was great as his mom too.

Oct 15, 2014

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.

crankylibrarian Jun 02, 2013

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.

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Apr 16, 2012

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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