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About A Boy (2002)


Hugh Grant
Nicholas Hoult
Toni Collette
Rachel Weisz

Directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz

Here is a movie whose screenplay is captivating, the screenplay is an adaptation from a book and it was well done by Peter Hedges and actor Hugh Grant never performed better in any lead role since, making his performance in this film his most critical acclaimed.

This 2002 British comedy drama film is directed by brothers Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)) and Paul Weitz (Little Fockers (2010)). About a boy is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. Nick who is author of other film adaptations like Fever Pitch in 2005 and High Fidelity in 2000, allowed Hedges and the brother to work on the screenplay by themselves since the only film adaptation he worked on the screenplay is the 1997 British adaptation of Fever Pitch, which starred Colin Firth.

About a boy is about Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) who lives a very carefree comfortable life in London, where Will doesn’t work thanks to overly sufficient royalties left to him by his father from a successful Christmas song that his father composed. Due to this Will has enough time to meet women and has random sexual relationships with practically every woman he meets.

Will soon discovered that single mothers are the easiest to get in bed, so he tried to nab as much as he can, his quest led him to meet Suzie and his dying need to get her in bed led him to meet Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), who is a 12 year old son of Suzie's friend, Fiona (Toni Collette). A weird relationship developed between the two in a mentor and mentee kind of way, that made Will have more of a apart in Marcus life than he planned to.

About a boy was a commercial success, making over 130 million dollars in the box office which is almost 7 times its production cost. The movie itself was a critical acclaim, with the AFI (American Film Institute) naming it one of the best as one of the ten best movies of the year 2002 and it holds a 93% approval rating on the critic aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

About a boy also got an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Hugh Grant was also nominated for a Golden Globe award. Although Grant didn’t win any notable awards he did win some not so notable ones including the Golden Camera (Goldene Kamera is an annual German film and television award, awarded by the television magazine HÖRZU.) award for Best International Actor.

About a boy is just sweet and lovable and it will make you smile and it is a nice DVD to own.


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