About a Boy

About a Boy

Paul Weitz (2002)

96min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nick Hornby's answer to Bridget Jones gets the Brit flick treatment here from a surprising source, with American Pie directors Chris and Paul Weitz at the helm and Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions as a backer. But, unlike the Americanised version of Hornby's High Fidelity, this movie remains on home turf. Hugh Grant is on excellent form as Will, 30-something singleton and the most shallow middle-class man in Christendom - or more specifically, north London - who intends to use single-parent support groups to pick up women. One of his would-be conquests introduces him to Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) - a troubled boy with a suicidal mother, played by Toni Collette - who forcibly "adopts" the unwilling Will. All goes surprisingly well until the confirmed bachelor falls for single mother Rachel Weisz, which puts a strain on their friendship. Genuinely funny and moving, this is both an endearing examination of masculinity and a challenge to male isolationism.

Summary

An idle womaniser pretends to be a father to meet women in a single mothers' group - but he starts to change his selfish ways when a lonely youngster with a depressed mum becomes emotionally attached to him. Romantic comedy adapted from Nick Hornby's novel, starring Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult and Rachel Weisz.

Cast & Crew

Will Hugh Grant
Fiona Toni Collette
Marcus Nicholas Hoult
Rachel Rachel Weisz
Angie Isabel Brook
Christine Sharon Small
Suzie Victoria Smurfit
John Nicholas Hutchison
Director Paul Weitz
Director Chris Weitz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama