About A Boy

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: May 17, 2002
DVD: January 14, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 3.95
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Cast: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult


Will (Grant) is a rich, child-free, irresponsible Londoner who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus (Hoult), an odd 12-year-old with problems at school and a depressed mother (Collette) at home. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up, fall in love and possibly even commit to a real adult relationship with a lovely single mother (Weisz).

Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel by the same name. Nominated for a 2002 Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.

Director: Chris and Paul Weitz
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Tim Bevan, Brad Epstein
Screenplay: Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Official Site: www.about-a-boy.com

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  • 5 stars "Very enjoyable film which has deep moments."