About a Boy

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"Growing up has nothing to do with age."
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 7.1  (191,357)
  • 75

The movie About a Boy is a 2002 rom-com drama directed by Paul and Chris Weitz. It stars Hugh Grant as Will Freeman, a wealthy and self-absorbed man who spends his time doing nothing productive. He likes being alone, avoids close relationships, and jumps from one meaningless relationship to another. Young Nicholas Hoult plays Marcus, a socially-awkward young boy who is lonely and struggling to fit in.

The movie starts with Will introducing his mantra of being "an island unto oneself." He uses money from an old Christmas song his father wrote to live comfortably without working. Meanwhile, Marcus' life is going through turbulence; he is bullied at school, and his mother Fiona, played by Toni Collette, is going through a difficult time. Fiona is depressed and going through a grand emotional breakdown since her marriage ended. Marcus is her only joy, apart from her music, and even that is slowly slipping away as she becomes more and more lost in her breakdowns.

The story takes an interesting turn when one of Will's one night stands, Suzie, connects him to Marcus and Fiona. As she gets attracted to Will's seemingly carefree attitude towards life, she offers to set him up with her friend's younger sister. Suzie's sister turns out to be a single mother who is looking for a compatible father figure for her son, as she suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Will becomes increasingly attracted to the idea of having a single mother for a partner as a way of demonstrating his maturity.

At first, Will is uncomfortable when Marcus and Fiona enter his life, and he is unsure how to deal with their problems. Marcus tries hard to gain Will's approval, but Will is not interested in Marcus' need for affection. However, as they spend more time together, Marcus learns to adjust to Will's unconventional attitude towards life. He starts teaching Will life-skills and teaches him how to be more empathetic towards other people.

As Marcus and Will become closer, they begin to learn from each other. Will starts to understand the importance of family and friendship, and how being alone does not always bring fulfillment. He also realizes that he likes children and helping them out makes him feel purposeful. On the other hand, Marcus learns to stand out and becomes more confident in himself.

The story takes a bittersweet turn when Will starts to form a bond with Marcus, who he finds to be a charming child with a lot of warmth. However, when Will makes a mistake about his intentions, Marcus' life is turned upside down, and he gets into some serious trouble. Will decides to help, but his actions lead to unforeseen consequences.

About a Boy explores the concept of family, self-discovery, and personal growth. It is a delightfully heartwarming movie that perfectly captures the essence of adolescence and growing up. Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult give phenomenal performances, and the chemistry between the two actors is undeniable. Toni Collette also delivers a powerful performance as Fiona, especially in the scenes where she is going through her emotional breakdowns.

The film is set in London, and the scenic locations add to the charm of the movie. The screenplay is exciting and easy to follow, with no dull moments. The music is also engaging, with an excellent soundtrack that is the perfect match for the film's emotional ride.

Overall, About a Boy is a charming and emotional movie that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It is a message of hope that emphasizes the importance of family and human connections. The movie perfectly blends humor with poignant moments, and the result is an entertaining and well-written film that is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good drama.

About a Boy is a 2002 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 75.

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    7.1  (191,357)
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