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About a Boy
One ordinary couple. One little white lie.
Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will's hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite.
This is a film about a boy...
standing in front of a mannish boy...
asking him to....
SHAKE YA ASS! WATCH YOURSELF! SHAKE YA ASS! SHOW ME WHAT YOU'RE WORKING WITH! COME ON!
Ok, for high class white people who don't understand that at all, those were lyrics to a song by Mystikal. It will make sense once you see this wonderful, funny, deep, moving film.
I might regret posting this review.
Be advised, it gets a bit personal.
I haven't watched About A Boy since about 2004. In the two years between its release and that curfew I had seen it at the cinema and bought it on DVD. I'd watched it a lot. Then one day I settled down to watch it when I wasn't in the right frame of mind. There was too much heavy stuff going on in my life and, just like Toni Collette in the film, I burst into tears.
It wasn't anything in the film that caused it I don't think - though Badly Drawn Boy's bittersweet, achingly beautiful soundtrack could be enough to cause the odd tear I…
Directors: Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
Screenwriters: Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
Based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby
Cast: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nat Gastiain Tena, Jenny Galloway, Ben Ridgeway & Augustus Prew
Runtime: 101 min // Certificate: 12
I always thought I hated About A Boy but it’s nowhere near as bad as I remember it being. I mean fair enough, it’s still sort of terrible but it has a sweetness and sincerity to it that I find quite endearing in my old age (I’m 22, but you know what I mean).
Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, About A Boy tells the story of a man – Will (Grant)…
One of the few films classed as a "Romantic Comedy" that I can actually stomach, that's probably because it's not all sickly love and laughs, it deals with some very serious issues, handling them carefully and balancing the comedy in a respectfully smooth way. Charming, but not overly so, funny without being silly and as the credits roll you are certain to have a smile on your face.
About a boy is full of charm, laughs, and heart. Hugh Grant is as likable as ever and Hoult gives a great debut performance
"It was terrible! Terrible! But driving really fast behind the ambulance was fantastic!"
Featuring Hugh Grant's finest performance to date, About A Boy is a sweet, often funny film that doesn't quite explore the darker themes as well as I would've liked, but makes up for it by putting me in the company of some truly wonderful characters for 90 minutes.
almost 10 years later & after first reading the book a while back i enjoyed it equally & truly must say that the cast was great & hugh grant is actually good. he knows how to work with his strengths & that is admirable. also so cute to see nicholas hoult having now seen 'skins'.
this film is sweet.. light.. deep.. funny & sad.. in all the relatable ways somehow.. which is an achievement.
it does the book justice.. & gives you some reality but doesn't slap you in the face with it too harshly.
all in all.. as i ramble.. it is sweet.. & good.
Beautiful. Classic Hugh Grant.
Easily the best thing Hugh Grant has ever done.
And he has said he agrees.
I approach this movie for the first time after I've watched season 1 and part of season 2 of the homonymous tv series – and I haven't read the Nick Hornby novel. So at first I was trying to connect the character to the ones of my knowledge: I tried to find any aspects of Will, Marcus and Fiona within the movie, but after a bit I gave up.
I am so angry with the tv series right now, because it spoiled a wonderful, deep and complex character like Fiona's downgrading her to a hippie, a weird English woman who doesn't belong to San Francisco (also, you know what? Everyone in San Francisco is much more crazier than her, but the show mocks her from start to finish, that's idiotic). Her story has been bend from a tragic one to a joke.
Bechdel test: pass
I will admit, I have avoided this movie for years just because the basic premise to me seemed like a set-up to basically a cliche love story (although in my defense, saying this movie is "From the makers of Bridget Jones Diary" did not exactly fill me with confidence of this movie's potential quality).
Boy was I stupid to have done that. I was genuinely surprised by how much I liked this movie. First off, though the ending could fall into the typical romantic comedy category, the path that this movie takes is far from conventional. I found myself frequently thrown by the curves that the movie took, and each curve felt earned.
Second, I think what sets this comedy…
A very engaging and witty film about a man who befriends a troubled young boy who is coping with his mother's near-suicide attempt as he brings some fulfillment to a man who does nothing with his life.
Me, I didn't mean anything. About anything, to anyone. And I knew that guaranteed me a long, depression-free life.
Few films manage to be as funny as About a Boy; even fewer are able to be as funny, touching and uplifting all at the same time. Hugh Grant does a great job of playing a rich, lazy and entitled lay-about with no direction that you still find yourself rooting for whilst Nicholas Hoult puts in a great breakthrough performance at such a tender age. It's a brilliantly moving film that manages to be charmingly funny whilst dealing with some really serious issues.
I can see how it could be enjoyable to lots of people and it had some moments, but I was really underwhelmed by the whole thing.
Hugh Grant can just fuck off. He's like pre-Ryan Reynolds. Annoying ass narration. Plastic.
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