I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…
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.
Adventures in the DVD Wallet #45
A feel-good take on the The Odd Couple for Gen-X hipsters whose post-9/11 depression had morphed into existential angst. Not that About a Boy is bad, just…calculated, as if every character and scene, every action and interaction was focus-grouped to find the most audience-friendly level of tear-jerking sentimentality still acceptable to cynical, jaded thirty-year-olds not yet ready to have hopes of procreation supplant their hopes for a sixth Pavement album. It’s the type of movie where the protagonist has a huge wall hanging that simply says “Jazz”, where the only symptoms of depression are prolonged bouts of incessant crying and the occasional suicide attempt, where a white kid suddenly becomes cool because he knows…
Sweet movie with a lot of heart. I always felt good after watching this but I haven't seen it in years. Deals with themes of suicide and depression in a way not often dealt with in movies that feel like a romantic comedy, but brings everything home in truly feel-good fashion. Performances are all great, particularly Toni Collette and Nicholas Hoult. Hugh Grant (who usually annoys me in a way I find hard to justify) as the classic cynic-turned-softie is perfect in the role, and the soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy is memorable and ties it all together. Also, it's actually really funny. Perfect movie for days when you're feeling isolated or a bit down, it'll definitely bring you back up.
As a dearest friend says, the book was better, but the movie is quite lovely too.
it treads into boilerplate rom-com territory a little too often, but it's witty and pleasant enough to remain interesting.
It stretches the boundaries of plausibility and ends up adhering to schmaltzy clichés, but About a Boy has enough heart and endearing wit to stop its sentimentality or undeveloped characters becoming irksome, whilst also benefiting from solid performances from Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult.
I've watched this before and although Hugh Grant is playing Hugh Grant as he does in all his films I like him in this one. The first time I watched it was not too long after I'd read the book so I was picking out all the bits they'd missed but it was a while ago now so the film was more enjoyable this time.
fuck you hugh grant, you giant asshole, i love you
Perhaps Hugh-baby’s best performance, less foppish fool, more blokey bastard. Based on one of the best examples of that awesome “Lad-Lit” genre that proliferated at the century’s turn, this is a great London-movie too, that eschews the typical easy-fix Hollywood stuff, and opts for a richer, more resonant tale about flawed – but eminently relatable – characters.
A fantastic light hearted drama where Hugh Grant steals the show with a tailor made role. The dynamics between him and Hoult in the movie elevate the movie to a great level.
2 different characters who make each other understand life and become better.
Not a single dull moment in the film. The dialogues are pretty relatable and quirky.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…