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About a Boy (2002)

Director: Paul Weitz Chris Weitz     Starring: Hugh Grant
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40172751
UPC: 025192197925
UPC 14: 00025192197925
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Will lightman is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named marcus.

"The best comedy of the year!  Thelma Adams, US WEEKLY
"Irresistible!  David Ansen, NEWSWEEK
"The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Two thumbs up!  Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER
" exceptionally fine and richly entertaining film...  Joe Leydon, The Examiner
"Hugh Grant...has never been more charming...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
ABOUT A BOY, directed by Chris and Paul Weitz, stars Hugh Grant as Will Freeman, a proudly self-absorbed 38-year-old Londoner. Living lavishly off the royalties from a hit Christmas song penned by his father, Will excels at nothing except doing nothing, which, in his case, includes shopping for CDs and having his hair "professionally disheveled." When Will makes a guilt-free exit from a brief fling with a single mom, he decides to crash a meeting of S.P.A.T. (Single Parents, Alone Together) in pursuit of more single mothers. This scheme leads to meeting Suzie (Victoria Smurfit) and Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), the socially awkward 12-year-old son of her flaky best friend, Fiona (Toni Collette). A series of odd situations leads to Will and Marcus becoming unlikely friends, and gradually both of their lives start to change for the better. However, when Will falls for the lovely Rachel (Rachel Weisz) and attempts to pass Marcus off as his son, things go awry. In order to win the heart of Rachel and make amends with Marcus, Will must finally grow up--and completely embarrass himself in front of hundreds of people.

Reveling in its characters' quirks and flaws, ABOUT A BOY is a smart, funny, and fast-paced comedy, meticulously crafted by the Weitz brothers. Grant, in possibly the best performance of his career, wisely covers his patented charm with a shallow facade, and Hoult avoids being too cute or precocious; instead, the two actors develop believable characters that grudgingly warm up to each other. Collette is suitably bizarre as a depressed hippie mother, and Weisz provides excellent support in her relatively small role. However, it's clear from the title that this film is about the boys. And that includes Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) who contributes an outstanding soundtrack that recalls Simon and Garfunkel's work on THE GRADUATE. Given Nick Hornby's excellent source material, ABOUT A BOY could have easily been an enjoyable movie, but in the hands of its talented collaborators, it's a truly exceptional tale.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/1/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21979
Video UPC UPC: 00025192197925
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Hugh Grant
Video Cast Info Madison Cook
Video Cast Info Nicholas Hoult
Video Cast Info Rachel Weisz
Video Cast Info Sharon Small
Video Cast Info Toni Collette
Video Cast Info Nick Hornby - Based On A Book By
Video Cast Info Nick Hornby - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Priscilla John - Casting By
Video Cast Info Remi Adefarasin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Nicky Kentish Barnes - Co-Produced By
Video Cast Info Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Hardy Justice - Co-Producers
Video Cast Info Joanna Johnston - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Paul Weitz & Chris Weitz - Directed By
Video Cast Info Paul Weitz - Director
Video Cast Info Chris Weitz - Director
Video Cast Info Remi Adefarasin - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Nick Moore - Editor
Video Cast Info Nick Hornby, Lynn Harris - Executive Producers
Video Cast Info Badly Drawn Boy - Music By
Video Cast Info Damon Gough - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner - Produced By
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro - Producer
Video Cast Info Tim Bevan - Producer
Video Cast Info Jim Clay - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz - Screenplay By
Video Cast Info Peter Hedges - Writer


Golden Globe (2003)
   Video Award Name Hugh Grant, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...The script contains an arresting mixture of uproarious, tender, and bitingly abrasive moments....This is a captivating film; superlative writing and acting make it soar..." 05/01/2002 p.40-1

Sight and Sound
"...A pleasurable experience..." 05/01/2002 p.36

Hollywood Reporter
"...Thanks to the excellently adapted script, we are shown a group of characters with real emotional depth....The Weitzes have directed the film with great ability..." 03/26/2002 p.64

New York Times
"...[The directors] handle the sentimentality of the story with a light, sweet touch....You succumb to the movie's warmth and bonhomie..." 05/17/2002 p.E1

USA Today
"...ABOUT A BOY is that rare film that's as clever and moving as the book on which it was based....It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair..." 05/17/2002 p.15D

Total Film
"...[The directors] deliver a punchy, smirking script, laced with irreverence. Just as importantly, there's real chemistry between Grant and his young co-star..." 05/02/2002 p.92

Entertainment Weekly
"...Hugh Grant has grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism....Grant draws on, and deepens, his enjoyable performance as the seducer boss in Bridget Jones' Diary..." 05/24/2002 p.61-2

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Hugh Grant, who has a good line in charm, has never been more charming than in ABOUT A BOY....A comedy of confidence and grace..." p.31

Wall Street Journal
"This is better than feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- affecting when you least expect it and funny from start to finish." 10/09/2009

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that, despite traversing familiar terrain, is made with enough all-around skill that it overcomes its clichŽd origins. About a Boy is such a movie. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Grant,Hugh
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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