About a Boy

2002

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

101
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 155939

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Cast

Rachel Weisz as Rachel
Nicholas Hoult as Marcus Brewer
Toni Collette as Fiona Brewer
Hugh Grant as Will Freeman
720p.BLU
805.01 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 1 / 60

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by undeaddt 7 / 10

Chill and relaxing movie.

This is a typical saturday evening movie where you don't want to get up from your couch, you are feeling lazy and all you wanna do is eat something good and watch something that will not make your head hurt. I liked this movie pretty much, especially with Hugh Grant in it and his typical english behaviour. In this movie he exceeds himself in acting beyond my expectations along with the boy who was as good as him. The story is nothing special, it is a straight forward movie, but thoughtful and emotional.

Reviewed by Paul Kydd 9 / 10

About a Boy ****½ (9/10)

Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)

UK/USA/France 2002 English (Colour); Comedy/Drama/Romance (Universal/StudioCanal/Tribeca/Working Title); 101 minutes (12 certificate)

Crew includes: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz (Directors); Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz (Screenwriters, adapting Novel by Nick Hornby **** [8/10]); Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner (Producers); Nick Hornby, Lynn Harris (Executive Producers); Remi Adefarasin (Cinematographer); Jim Clay (Production Designer); Nick Moore (Editor); Badly Drawn Boy (Composer)

Cast includes: Hugh Grant (Will Freeman), Toni Collette (Fiona Brewer), Rachel Weisz (Rachel), Nicholas Hoult (Marcus Brewer), Isabel Brook (Angie), Sharon Small (Christine), Victoria Smurfit (Suzie)

Academy Award nomination: Adapted Screenplay; BAFTA nominations (2): Supporting Actress (Collette), Adapted Screenplay; Golden Globe nominations (2): Picture - Musical/Comedy, Actor - Musical/Comedy (Grant)

"Growing up has nothing to do with age."

During attempts to meet available women, a shallow, irresponsible bachelor (Grant) reluctantly strikes up a friendship with the unhappy, misfit son (Hoult) of an eccentric, suicidal hippie (Collette), which is jeopardised when he unexpectedly falls in love.

Not your typical British romcom, as the important relationship here is between man and boy, and what they learn from (and teach) one another, with a never-better Grant clearly relishing his newly-nurtured caddish ways first demonstrated in BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY.

Collette also shines in a difficult role that could have been played unsympathetically, while the dual narration works well in this excellent, largely faithful (except for the ending) adaptation of Hornby's 1998 novel.

Blu-ray Extras: None. ½ (1/10)

Reviewed by johnwiltshireauthor 1 / 10

Painful

Now that IMDb has forced us to read reviews by helpfulness first and only and made it impossible to reorder reviews in the order we might want to read them, I doubt any one-star reviews will see the light of day. Especially for the "Worthy" films. Films that promote the narrative. Single guy, living the perfect life is not complete without an annoying, ugly kid, uglier mother and unlikely mid-life crisis. I cringed throughout this dross that anyone could enjoy it or fall for the daft plot. Hugh Grant, I admit, is totally edible throughout. The film is almost worth watching for him alone. Almost.

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