[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.
This movie is enjoyable and all, but I find its American/Soviet ideals about the meaninglessness of life without work to be a little disturbing. I don't know anyone who would work if they didn't have to, so Will's reticence in admitting he does nothing (or, rather, the reason for his reticence) doesn't quite ring true to me. From my perspective, he's got a great thing going here, aside from his irritating friend who keeps reminding him how empty his life is (yeah, I would have dropped her ages ago). But the movie is pretty winning anyway, albeit mostly on a sitcom level ... except I've seen what happens when this material actually is a sitcom (the dreadful American TV show), so even that criticism seems unfair.
It was alright. I don't really remember what happened, so I'll just say that it was alright.
God, this movie is such a great adaptation and the best Hugh Grant has ever been.
A lot of movies try to get by on charm. While it certainly helps, charm can also be used as a band-aid to try and conceal a movie that's not fully working. Does this happen to About a Boy? No, but charm is definitely its defining element.
About a Boy is one of the thousand or so films of a similar nature featuring Hugh Grant, although it's certainly one of the ones held in higher regard, and it's easy to see why. About a Boy is funny, goes for heartwarming moments and actually has some personality. But it's also a bit too quaint, with everything falling into place exactly how it's supposed to, except for a major relationship that shows…
I couldn't possibly think of a worse godfather for Imogene. You know me. I'll drop her off at her christening. I'll forget her birthdays until her 18th, when I'll take her out and get her drunk and possibly, let's face it, you know, try and shag her. I mean, seriously, it's a very, very bad choice. ~ Will
About a Boy was much more than I ever expected.
Having put this film off for so many years made me appreciate it more so today than I ever thought possible.
Thanks to super good performances from Hugh Grant, and Nicholas Hoult, they act out a feel good, heart warming tale, of a man who doesn't know what he is missing in life, and a boy who knows exactly what he is missing.
What the fuck is this shit?
Fuck Hugh Grant, I felt nothing this whole movie. They nominated this thing too, I might stop trying to make movies because of this.
Directed by: Chris and Paul Weitz (they both got their start with American Pie which was good (at the time) but I would probably say In Good Company is Paul’s best movie)
Written by: The Brothers Weitz and Peter Hedges earned a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for their adaptation of Nick Hornby’s book of the same title.
Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Natalia Tena and Victoria Smurfit.
What it’s about: a man comfortable in his life of nothing meets a young boy and discovers there may be more to life than just existing
B-Movie Alternate Title: The Dead Duck Day
Movie Mash Up: I have no idea, and I am going to eliminate this category…
Yeah, I *finally* watched it, and was annoyed by how charming I found it.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(