Chris Weitz (Director)
Paul Weitz (Director)
Hugh Grant (Will Freeman)
Toni Collette (Fiona)
Rachel Weisz (Rachel)
Isabel Brook (Angie)
Sharon Small (Christine)
Victoria Smurfit (Suzie)
Nicholas Hoult (Marcus)
the official About a Boy website
The film "About A Boy" is based on Nick Hornby's
best-selling novel, “About A Boy” and is, um, well,
about a boy. Actually
it is about a boy (Nicholas Hoult), his suicidal Mom, a man
who reluctantly befriends him (Hugh Grant), and a buncha’
other people. Hornby
also wrote "High Fidelity", which itself was a
fairly successful movie starring John Cusack as the owner of
a record shop who told us about his many failed
say the Hugh Grant character (Will Freeman) in “About a
Boy” is the same character as in "High
not sure they are similar characters, but their back stories
are very different. For
example, Will Freeman doesn’t run a record shop, and in
fact he doesn’t work at all.
His father wrote a Christmas song years ago, and the
royalties are enough to keep Freeman in sports cars and
cigarettes without his having to do anything at all.
His main exercise is playing pool and his hobby is
loafing on his couch watching game shows on daytime TV.
Marcus, the boy, is a seen as a total loser by his
is fatherless and his pitiable
eclectic mother, a music therapist, is often crying
and embarrassing him in one way or another. Marcus, himself, is not athletic, dresses like a dweeb,
and is so unpopular that the nerds and other outcasts ask
him to stop hanging about with them.
Realizing that he is in a terrible situation, Marcus
latches onto Will hoping that he will fall for his totally
unattractive mother. Of
course that does not happen, can you imagine Hugh Grant and
some goofy looking woman who is just a paycheck away from
being a bag lady?
Will initially rejects and resents Marcus for interfering
with his hedonistic lifestyle, but as time and events
unfold… well, I think you can imagine.
There are no real surprises.
But, in spite of the basic premise – troubled boy
and his goofy mom, helped by selfish confirmed bachelor -
the film is not some Disney remake.
It is not that simple. It
is funny, smart and fresh.
-- Pappy (
3 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Billy Ray ( 3 out of 4 pops )
When I first saw the
trailers for "About A Boy", having never read the novel, I
assumed Hugh Grant was the father to the boy when, in fact, he is just
some guy who befriends him. Interesting twist, I will admit.
This film is very funny, very touching, and features an incredible
performance from the usually always enjoyable Hugh Grant ("Notting
Hill" sucked, but I'll be damned if Hugh Grant wasn't peachy).
It was based on a novel from the author of "High
Fidelity"--and, though this is a pretty decent flick, it doesn't
come close to the film version of "High Fidelity", starring
John Cusack. The most interesting aspect of the film, for me, was
that it was directed by the same morons who thought "American
Pie" was a classy idea. They do a fair job with this picture,
though their talent as directors is still moderately in question.
However, this film is a good start for them (I say 'start' because I
would never consider crap like "American Pie" as such).
I guess I'll just take the same road as Pappy and give this an above
average recommendation. If "American Pie 3" is released,
it will be as if this film never touched screen.