About a Boy

Directed By: Paul Weitz Chris Weitz Starring: Hugh Grant

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by Pattie on 5/27/2005

Love, love, love Hugh Grant and he is amazing in this movie, as are the rest of the cast. Get the idea Hugh is like this in real life - going to single parent meetings (he has no kids) because of the dating potential. Funny and touching, highly recommend this to add to your home library.

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Fantasic Movie

by chutneylix on 12/18/2007

One of my all time favorites. Its a simple but marvelously told story thats acted even better. Of course the soundtrack just elevates everything further. I own it on CD and have since become a huge fan of Badly Drawn Boy although I still hold his work on About A Boy higher than everything else probably because of my love for the film. My only complaint is that the movie deserves a much better treatment on DVD. Maybe a 2 disc special edition with a full director's commentary and a better transfer. When that comes out, I will be the first in line to get it.

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Product Overview

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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40172751
UPC 025192197925
UPC 14 00025192197925
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
London, England
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Paul Weitz
Chris Weitz
Hugh Grant
Cast & Crew
Hugh Grant - Actor
Madison Cook - Actor
Nicholas Hoult - Actor
Rachel Weisz - Actor
Sharon Small - Actor
Toni Collette - Actor
Nick Hornby - Based On A Book By
Nick Hornby - Based On Novel By
Priscilla John - Casting By
Remi Adefarasin - Cinematographer
Nicky Kentish Barnes - Co-Produced By
Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Hardy Justice - Co-Producers
Joanna Johnston - Costume Designer
Paul Weitz & Chris Weitz - Directed By
Paul Weitz - Director
Chris Weitz - Director
Remi Adefarasin - Director of Photography
Nick Moore - Editor
Nick Hornby, Lynn Harris - Executive Producers
Badly Drawn Boy - Music By
Damon Gough - Musical Score
Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner - Produced By
Robert De Niro - Producer
Tim Bevan - Producer
Jim Clay - Production Designer
Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz - Screenplay By
Peter Hedges - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 21979
UPC 00025192197925
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Golden Globe (2003) Hugh Grant, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Grant,Hugh
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Thelma Adams, US WEEKLY The best comedy of the year!
David Ansen, NEWSWEEK Irresistible!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film.
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER Two thumbs up!
Joe Leydon, The Examiner ...an exceptionally fine and richly entertaining film...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Hugh Grant...has never been more charming...

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