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About a Boy 2002

Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel, About A Boy is the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy...

Release Date:
May 17, 2002
Duration:
101 min
Directors:
Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz ...
Cast:
Natalia Tena, Rachel Weisz, Annabelle Apsion, Toni Collette, Augustus Prew, Roger Brierley, Matt Wilkinson, Hugh Grant, Jason Salkey, Mark Heap, Sunanda Biswas, Ben Ridgeway, Bruce Lawrence, Victoria Smurfit, Scott Charles, Jenny Galloway, Chris Tarrant, Russell Barr, Sidney Livingstone, Rosalind Knight, Bruce Alexander, Cathy Murphy, Janine Duvitski, Rebecca Craven, Nicholas Hutchison, Joyce Henderson, Nicholas Hoult, Sharon Small, Madison Cook, Jordan Cook, Ryan Speechley, Joseph Speechley, Laura Kennington, Tanika Swaby, Peter McNicholl, Christopher Webster, Jack Warren, Isabel Brook, Orlando Thor Newman, Paulette P. Williams, Fritha Goodey, Susannah Doyle, Delma Walsh, Jonathan Franklin, John Kamal, Tessa Vale, Lorna Dallison, Bethany Muir, Sue Hyams, Maggie Kahal, Lynn Askew, Beverly Milward, Danielle Harvey, Anna Maria Credenzone Philip, Sarah King, Susan Ghamsary, Edna Johnson, Frog Stone, Buddy Hunter, Kristine Perrin, Nathan Perrin-Hunter, Rachael Perrin-Hunter, Amy Craven, Joanne Petitt, Peter Roy, Matthew James Thomas, Aaron Keeling, Claire Harman, Sian Martin, Mark Drewry, Denise Stephenson, Murray Lachlan Young, Alex Kew, James Marshall-Gunn, Jamie Mayer, Korede Obashju, Stefan Pejic, Macéo Bhardwaj, Gillian Evans, Tim Rice, Carol Vorderman, Richard Whiteley, Scott Charles, Rebecca Craven, Stuart Wood ...
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance ...
Countries:
UK, USA, France, Germany
Language:
English

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Such a heart warming movie, sends back great memories too.
it was good for what it is...i love hugh grant..
Just finished watching it on the plane to Nagoya. It looks like they're adding a few old movies to go along w/ the newer movies on the 777 personal video players. I think I've seen almost every Hugh Grant movie thats come along over the last ~10 years (some on dates, but mostly on the airplane, now that I think about it... I guess his roles are generally non-threatening enough), but I had missed this one.

It was entertaining enough to keep my interest (and distract me from prepping my helicopter pics for my blog!) Hugh Grant puts in a good solid performance as usual, and it was a somewhat unique premise. The only qualm is that the kid is such a dork, that watching the scenes about him are just painful. I'll give it a 6/10.
Now this film really suprised me. I hate most romcoms, especially the crappy Richard Curtis-esque ones (man, he used to write such good comedy).
"Bridget Jones' Diary" for example is one of my least favourite films of all time. This however was great. It's pretty original for a romantic comedy of it's type, which is always nice, and it's actually very funny in parts. Which is always good.
I recommend this to men as well as women as it's actually a GOOD romantic comedy. I think it's got something to do with it being told from a male perspective.
I didn't think I would enjoy Master and Commander as much as I did, because I'm not much for sea-faring adventure unless Capt. Jack Sparrow is somehow involved. Russell Crowe was wonderful as Aubrey, though, as was Paul Bettany (the Doctor was my favorite character). Their relationship with each other provided the best moments of the film.

This Is Spinal Tap. What do you say about a classic? I am not into metal at all, but I am absolutely for anything that parodies them (or music in general). There are so many brilliant moments in this film, from the backstage food selection (the Oreos with the tops twisted off, nice touch) to the guitar collection to the amps that go to 11 to the album cover debacle (there's a fine line between clever and stupid). So rewatchable.

I enjoyed Big Fish quite a bit, too, I just felt it was lacking that something that would really make it great. The story is imaginative, and the movie is so vivid (Ewan McGregor's hair sure stood out) and beautiful (compliments of Tim Burton). The father/son dynamic is at the heart of this film, and the emotional weight was just right... I don't know. It didn't totally do it for me. I hate not being able to explain why. I even cried during the credits when Pearl Jam's "Man of the Hour" was playing (even though that's probably more because of Ed Vedder's tendency to make me weep when he sings).

About A Boy was such a surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started watching it. I remember when it first came out I really had no interest in it, I thought it looked stupid. But I was at the rental place today, and it caught my eye. My head began to crave Hugh Grant (and it was only .99$) so I added it to my stack. Looking back... good decision. Very good decision. It was a worthwhile to spend 90 minutes. I was really touched at the dynamic between Will and Marcus. He was a ballsy little kid, but he really grew on me. And I appreciated the fact that it wasn't Marcus's mother Will was going after. You'd expect that from a film like this, and I was, for a short while. I really enjoyed how things unfolded, and Will joining Marcus on stage was a beautiful moment (even if he went on to make a total ass of himself). The cushy ending worked, too, because it's not a typical cushy ending. (Well, I guess everything worked for me except for Ellie.) It really made me happy, and I'm not usually for happy endings wrapped up in a nice bow, when everything works out how it was supposed to from minute three of the film.

Now I want to read Nick Hornby's book.
Quite possibly Hugh Grant's best film. I've seen it many times, and every time is great. Plus who doesn't want to see him sing?
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I. CONTENT (out of 3 stars plus bonus, composite of sub-criteria bellow): --->2.5 1.5 2.0 1.0 0.75 4.5 A-, " Very Good Movie, Highly Recommend"PG for slight violence
Growing up has nothing to do with age.

About a Boy is about Hugh Grant's best performance yet.


This was a very creatively funny movie. Hugh Grant's style of humor was absolutely perfect for this film. Pardon the cliches but this movie was heart-warming, sweet, and feel-good. It was a pleasent surprise of a movie that I recommend to anyone, especially those who appreciate dry, subtle humor.
I had a good time with this movie. Its previsible but very consistent. Hugh Grant is a great comedian, and his thoughts are really funny.
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