[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
For a movie featuring a narcissistic white boy taking advantage of chicks I was surprised by how much I loved this film. Like really loved it. It's actually a really depressing concept especially with the suicidal mom subplot but it's genuine warmth is lovely. It's just a really well-made film. I loved it.
#12 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (2)
North Londoner Nick Hornby knows how to pen funny stories. He authored the autobiographical "Fever Pitch" (1992) and purely fictional "High Fidelity" (1995), both of which became hit movies, before releasing this 307-page comedic novel in 1998 and winning the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The first two chapters introduce us to the protagonists, 12-year-old Marcus Brewer and 36-year-old Will Freeman, who are both "boys" really. The time is 1993 and Marcus has recently moved to London with his divorced mum Fiona, who is having emotional problems coping with her single life. Marcus is bullied at school for being weird, and not even…
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)…
Honest, heartfelt, and moving, "About a Boy" features a wonderful script, anchored by tremendous performances from Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult.
"You need backup. The way I saw it, Will and I both had backup now. It's like that thing he told me Jon Bon Jovi said: "No man is an island."
Has to be right up there with Four Weddings as Hugh Grant's best film.
Crazy faithful to the Hornby book upon which its based until you realize they've dropped the Cobain subplot. No matter. Movie charmed the pants off of me when I saw it, and I saw it in theaters. Fortunately, I was able to escape the cinema without security catching me. Never did find the pants. Oh well. Good movie!
A bit darker than the TV adaptation but I love it all the same.
I like this film; it's cute, it's fun, but there's also something disconcertingly ugly about it and I don't think I ever want to watch it again. Still, those three and a half stars are there for a reason.
Hugh Grant doing his usual, "oh, okay" act, Nicholas Hoult being a fucking weirdo and murdering Roberta Flack (though he turned out really hot, which is good) and Toni Collette being quirky and shit - it's fun to watch but a good while after your viewing, you can't help but feel slightly dirty? I can't help but feel I'm the only one?
Still holds up roughly 15 years later.
I was fortunate enough to met co-writer and director Paul Weitz about two weeks ago as he critiqued a short film that I produced. His stories about this set (primarily dealing with Nicholas Hoult) were extremely entertaining. I cannot believe I hadn't seen this movie yet. Fun, charming, and touching.
An amusing and distinctive film. Some of the acting and casting is a bit suspect but where it counts it hits home - Toni Collette is on the money and Nicholas Hoult is well placed.
Haven't seen this in ages, forgot how charming it is.
A romdramedy that's light on traditional romance but is the better off for it. The dual narration and atypical Hugh Grant role really aided the superb screenplay which anchored the film, and Nicholas Hoult was mostly good as a child actor. I felt a bit disappointed by this movie though. Even though it was a very clever script, I feel like if it had been just that little bit better, it would be one of my favourites. But at the same time, I feel like that's unfair because I really really do like the script just... not enough to love it? I bet the writers are going to be heartbroken when they find out.
Complete list. :-(