This one of the funnier movies I've seen in a while - and believe me, I've suffered through hundreds of pathetic comedies.About a Boy is really about two boys: Hugh Grant, a rich, lazy heir, and Nicholas Hoult, the son of a suicidal single mom. It has its serious moments, but overall it's a great laugh. I love the way the movie reads into the minds of Grant and Hoult - it adds a whole new layer of comedy, allowing the characters to add sarcasm to the scene without making the movie unrealistic. The script is great. Hugh Grant's lines seem perfectly suited for the moment. My favorite is when Hugh Grant's character learns the value of of charity: "I made an unhappy boy temporarily happy. And there wasn't anything in it for me at all - I didn't even want to shag his mom." Brilliant!
Pros: Small twist on an over used plot Cons: Over used plot The Bottom Line: Not terrible. And really not much of anything, but it didn't totally suck. If it comes on as you flip through, it's worth watching. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. About a Boy at first flush seems like a fluff film that isn’t even really a chick-flick. I had it sent because of Toni … more
Hugh Grant is one of my favorite film performers. Notice I don't say "actor." He doesn't really act, per se, since he's always riffing on basically the same character...usually with varying degrees of charming, slightly goofy befuddlement (NOTTING HILL, 9 MONTHS) or charm barely concealing nastiness (BRIDGET JONES). In a film such as EXTREME MEASURES, where he played a doctor turned amateur sleuth, he just wasn't convincing.So much of his success lies with his ability to pick roles tailor made for … more
Just when you think that every Hugh Grant movie is from a template too thinly worn, up pops ABOUT A BOY. With a fine script, excellent direction and supporting cast this is Hugh Grant's finest hour. Yes, he still maintains than British aloof gentleman aura, but here he allows us to see the shallow void of his character and then invites us to explore his self-evaluation and and salvation in getting on the trail of becoming a man with a meaningful life. The cast is excellent - Toni Collette, Rachel … more
I am a recent law school grad with an interest in Southeast Asia legal issues. Unfortunately for my checkbook, ever since high school I have been addicted to good books. I have eclectic tastes, although … more
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A box-office smash in England,About a Boywent on to charm the world as another fine adaptation (followingHigh Fidelity) of a popular Nick Hornby novel. WhileHigh Fidelitytransplanted 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