Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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)…
"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.
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.
"I made her put on that nice jumper."
"As for his mum, she appeared to be clinically insane, and wearing some kind of yeti costume!"
Charming, sweet and adorable are the words I would use to describe this film. All the performances are great, Hugh Grant is his usual foppish self which I love, Nicolas Hoult is really great as Marcus and Toni Collete is fantastic as the depressed mother who just won't stop crying.
There's something so sweet about this story, of a lonely little boy who just wants a friend who finds it in a man who doesn't want any friends. I watch this film with a huge grin on my face, followed by the occasional cringe, particularly…
Based on Nick Hornby’s novel, ‘About a Boy’ is a charming and candid coming-of-age British comedy that ambles on the privy issues of isolation and intimacy to an endearing effect, thanks to the more humane side of Hugh Grant. The Oscar-nominated screenplay deftly blends laughter and heartbreak that lightens the mood of an otherwise messy situation between two strangers, Will (Grant) and young Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), who become each other’s backup in an unlikely turn of events. Built on heartfelt comedy with an engaging dialogue made more natural by Grant’s wry humor, ‘About a Boy’ is a fresh, modern take on ‘no man is an island’; but it’s also a self-conscious reminder of the immaturity in growing old, and the…
Usually, tv shows based on movies (and in this case based on Nick Hornby's novel) are disappointing failures, but the television sitcom version of About a Boy is quite funny and endearing. Watching the first season of this show inspired me to re-watch the film version staring Hugh Grant and a young pre-Beast Nicholas Hoult.
Hugh Grant gives a strong performance as a selfish, self-involved, curmudgeonly man-child. Hoult is winning as Marcus, a sweet but awkward pre-teen, who invites himself into Will's (Grant) life against his will. This funny and insightful film also wades into the darker territory of depression and how it affects the people around the sufferer. Toni Collette portrays Marcus' mom with depth by balancing her quirky resilient humanity with her overwhelming sadness.
I really enjoyed revisiting this movie and it's memorable soundtrack.
Heartwarming, always a good re-watch. I'm a sucker for Hugh Grant films (just like my mum) haha!
I avoided this like the plague. Finally got around to watching it and it was OK.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I feel that Nick Hornby and the Weitz brothers captured a slice of life and realism with About a Boy, much better than many other comedy dramas. It's not new or inventive, but definitely heartwarming and good British fun. It's a well scripted movie based on a well written novel.
There's way too much on-the-nose voiceover and sometimes a lazy misrepresentation of childhood, but damn if it doesn't have heart. It's genuinely funny, too, which really helps.
You know, there's a place for the Citizen Kane's, the
Metropolis's, and the Pulp Fiction's. Then, there is room for About a Boy. About a Boy is not daring or groundbreaking, but it is still a magnificent film. About a Boy is a film that revels in it's confidence and grace, and that is carried by the ever charming Hugh Grant.
There isn't a star today like Hugh Grant, and there may never be. Hugh Grant rose to super stardom by playing one role, and playing it well. He was charming, quick, handsome, but most of all, you knew what you were going to get when you went to a Hugh Grant film. You knew you were going to get…
About a Boy is a magnificent British comedy that features excellent writing and fine performances from its cast. It had a special kind of charm that I find difficult to describe. Somehow I felt like I could identify on an emotional level with each of the characters and I really cared for them throughout. That doesn't happen to me very often when I watch movies. Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, and Rachel Weisz were nothing less than splendid.
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