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About a Boy [Blu-ray] [Import]

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars It is never just about a boy . March 9 2003
By Vlad
Excellent comedy from the directors of " American Pie " and " " Down to Earth ". Starring Hugh Grant . By it's speed and meaning reminds me " Four Weddings and a Funeral ". If you did like that one , you definitely going to love " About a Boy ".
Hugh Grant playing Will , some guy who is doing absolutely nothing . Just watching TV all day , picking up CDs in the store , eating lunch and picking up girls later at night . Will living on his fathers "one hit wonder " song's money and his principle in life is very simple - one man is an island . He needs nothing , he wants nothing and he cares about nothing . But one day Marcus ( Nicholas Hoult ) walks in his life and things beginning to change . Marcus is a 6-7 grade kid , growing up with his single and depressed "hippie" mom . He is bullied at school and has no friends . He just started stopping by at Will's place and " hang around ", anyway Will doing nothing all day .
This relationship changed both their lives for better . And finally Will realized the real life he was missing . One man is never an island after all - you change other people lives , same as they change yours .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary classic... July 9 2004
First and foremost, I want to state that Hugh Grant, as an actor and screen presence, deserves to be respected more. Some of the abuse this guy has endured, at the hands of the media and general public has been unwarranted and cumulative to the point where one of this generations most unappreciated talents is considering retirement at an early age.
The root of Grant's success and criticism is his championing of the romantic comedy. Once a well respected genre (think It Happened One Night - which swept all major Oscar awards in 1934) the "romcom" is only now reemerging as a force to be reckoned with, due in part by the success of When Harry Met Sally('84), Pretty Woman('90), Sleepless in Seattle('93), Groundhog Day('93), but more in part to the work of Hugh Grant.
The man has almost single-handedly restored the genre to its rightful place as audiences are beginning to appreciate the depth, quality and cathartic power that movies like About a Boy are capable of achieving. But his success has come at a price. Grant is in a unique predicament, not unlike most pop star idols, of being lionized by romcom audiences (largely female) and lambasted by the media and the average Joe six-pack for being too feminine and foppish and (pick your own). When I hear someone make an easy joke about Grant, I have made them myself, it is usually a cheap shot - he is an easy target- but more often than not, everyone who makes them sees a side of themselves in his charming smile and self-depracating humour that we all want to be a part of-this is the appeal of Hugh Grant and the romcom in genral.
So now we have Mr. Grant deliberately seeking out roles with more weight and "steel".
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5.0 out of 5 stars It�s Hugh Grant�s best work to date. June 10 2004
By mashby
I first saw this movie while on a business trip to Chattanooga. I needed to finish up some work on a presentation I was making the next day and there was nothing on TV, so I decided to splurge and rent an On-Demand movie. Most of the movies I had either seen, or had no interest in seeing and just as I was about to turn it off, I came across About A Boy. I hadn't heard much buzz about the movie and I'm not a fan of Hugh Grant, but for reasons unknown to me, I rented it.
I was expecting another one of Hugh Grant's saccharine romantic comedies where he plays a charming befuddling fop as he's done ad nauseam since Four Weddings And A Funereal. Granted, I liked Four Weddings immensely, but by Notting Hill I'd had my fill. Much to my surprise, Grant was playing a completely different character and was clearly attempting to break his mold. He'd done that once before in Bridget Jones' Diary, where he played a jerk, but now he was taking it in another direction entirely. It's a refreshing and more importantly interesting change.
But this movie isn't all about Hugh Grant's character Will. His co-star is new comer Nicholas Hoult, who plays the boy Marcus and he carries his own. Ultimately, the movie is about both of them, and so Hoult has the responsibility of carrying half the weight of the movie and he does a splendid job. Rounding out the cast is Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz, each do an excellent job as well. Suffice to say that the casting for this movie is brilliant. Each character is fully developed and rich with complexity and emotion. I bought each and every one of them. Not once did I feel that there was a weak link in the bunch. That's also surprising because this type of movie is hard to pull off.
So what kind of movie is this? At it's heart, this movie is a comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At least a comedy that is not only to laugh June 7 2004
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. It is interesting to see the real job of editing and making off this excellent film.
I like it very much the way Hugh Grant (Will) and the boy Nicholas Hoult (Marcus) tell the story as it goes for both of them. It seems that complicity of both characters is totally represented by both actors. I have seen Hugh Grant in a huge number of romantic comedies and I didn't expect much of him but THIS IS DIFFERENT. As he says in the extra material he represents 100% a British, rich, handsome, useless bachelor. He is even more irresistible for children than for women.
Some acting parts are beautifully absurd: when Will plays guitar helping Marcus to sing "Killing Me Softly", when he goes to the SPAT to meet all divorced women into therapy, when Marcus tries to conquer the older girl by singing his brand-new rap CD...
And taking in mind the work of the directors, I think now I am even able to go and watch "American Pie".
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2.0 out of 5 stars This movie made me feel really akward
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
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by David Sabine
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming!
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 more
Published on Dec 22 2009 by CheeksToronto
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Hugh Grant's Favourites
According to interviews, this is one of Hugh Grant's favourite roles. The sense of redemption that comes when Hugh's character realizes that he is not an island after all, and... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2007 by A Canadian Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Original Feel-Good Movie
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 more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
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 more
Published on July 4 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprizingly wonderful movie!
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 more
Published on June 28 2004 by Miss C
1.0 out of 5 stars Shortest review I have ever written...
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
Published on May 20 2004 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Somehow Hugh Grant and the film-makers turned this extremely shallow and emotionally clueless person into someone I really cared about. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by N. Pierre
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh's Best Movie
"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 more
Published on March 25 2004 by Diaspora Chic
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining, touching and warm
Why people keep banging on about Hugh Grant's performance in 'About A Boy' is beyond me. Now, it's not that he's not excellent, because he is, but there are so many other... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Review Lover
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