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A box-office smash in England, About a Boy went on to charm the world as another fine adaptation (following High Fidelity) of a popular Nick Hornby novel. While High Fidelity transplanted its London charm to Chicago, this irresistible comedy was directed by Americans Chris and Paul Weitz (American Pie) with its British pedigree intact. Better yet, Hugh Grant is perfectly cast as Will, a self-absorbed trust-fund slacker who tries to improve his romantic odds by preying on desperate single mothers. His cynical strategy backfires when he recruits the misfit son (Nicholas Hoult) of a suicidal mother (Toni Collette) to pose as his own son, thus proving his parental prowess to his latest single-mom target (Rachel Weisz). The kid has a warming effect on this ultimate cad, and what could have been a sappy tearjerker turns into a subtle, frequently hilarious portrait of familial quirks and elevated self-esteem. From start to finish, it's a genuine treat. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Yes, it was funny and there were moments which were genuinely...ahem...touching.
Frankly however, this is an impossible fiction which gave me the willies. Read more
I love this movie. It's one of my favourites. It's also one of my favourite Hugh Grant roles - he plays this character very well. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2009 by CheeksToronto
I love this movie because it is a sweet story about a jerk (Will) who ends up helping people, with a great girl, and a new look on life, yet it is not sappy or cheesy. Amazing. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
I never really liked a hugh grant film until this one. Its very funny and touching about how a boy changed a man's life. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
I bought this movie in a set. I had no idea what this would be like as i hadnt seen any reviews or previews on tv. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Miss C
The fifth star of this movie is awarded to the DVD itself. It's really enjoyable not only the making off, but the cut scenes and the off-commentaries of the directors. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by derrotista
About a Boy (Chris and Paul Weitz, 2002)
The moral of this film is that single childfree males are worthless scum incapable of responsibility until they acquire women and... Read more
Somehow Hugh Grant and the film-makers turned this extremely shallow and emotionally clueless person into someone I really cared about. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by N. Pierre
"About a Boy" is the best movie I have seen Hugh Grant in. He plays a single man whose seen his friends get married and have children. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Diaspora Chic