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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.
Checking this one off the list of films on dvd 'still to watch' was a very pleasant little task. Hugh Grant - in his seemingly effortless way - picks up the glove in what seems to be just another run of the mill Hugh Grant persona and ends up being just that little more and injecting all sorts of heart into this tale of a selfish loner who ends up wanting (and getting, 'cause hey it's Hugh Grant after all) the things that most of want out of life.
About a Boy or The Pre-Nux Years is also extremely pleasantly written with more than its fair share of cynical dialogue for Grant - and the rest of the talented cast - to sink his teeth in.
You know what, I may need to actually call this one a pretty great film. Yep, I'm upping the score from ★★★½ to ★★★★. An easy recommendation this.
Little Nicholas Hoult and the good kind of Hugh Grant.
This was serious and dark for a comedy. As far as being predictable you don't even meet the eventual love interest until the middle to the end. So this is really about a boy. I really enjoyed this, it was deep well written and complex. I recommend.
It's movies like About A Boy that prove Hugh Grant is capable of being more than just the charming English love interest in a romantic comedy; you give him the right material, and he's really quite good. Before watching this film, I read the source novel by Nick Hornby, and to the credit of the filmmakers, they made a wise call casting Grant, because he's pretty perfect for this role. Anyway, about the film itself, it's a good and faithful adaptation of the novel, but I still think I prefer the book. The movie hits all the necessary emotional points and the actors all do a serviceable job of portraying the characters and selling their arcs, but one thing about…
Nice film that avoids a lot of the cliches and builds a convincing relationship between the protagonist and the kid. A lot of it still feels overly familiar, however.
I know its unfair that I am essentially judging this as an adaptation rather than a stand-alone film. I cannot separate my love for the novel from my opinion on the movie, so fair or not, this is what I thought:
Its trite, its 'Hollywood', and it lost some of the original's heart. Hoult is a sometimes awkwardly poor child actor. Characters seem to be kept in simply out of obligation, even though story changes render them pointless. Rachel's character is molded to fit basic romantic comedy second-act conflicts. The entire climax is shifted into standard and worn-out fare. A big talent show! Never seen that before!
What bothers me is not that they changed the story. That's to be…
About a Boy is an absolutely hilarious and touching film that you need to see if you haven't already.
Hugh Grant plays a man who lives off royalties from a song that his father wrote, and he does nothing with his life. That is until a young boy, played by Nicholas Hoult, comes into his life. The two end up learning a lot from each other, and are able to change each others lives. It totally sounds like your run of the mill comedy drama film, but part of what makes it so great is the casting. Grant and Hoult are absolutely magical together. The strange friendship between the two is both hilarious and strange.
The other great thing about…
This is one of my all-time favorite movies, one that I go back to from time to time. It's hilarious; Hugh Grant's character is so shallow it makes you wince; and it's chock full of commentary on themes of loneliness, connection, and our need for community.
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