A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

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Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish carnal needs. It is in this capacity that Will meets Marcus, as one of Will's single mother ... Written by Huggo

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Growing up has nothing to do with age.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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17 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,747,966 (UK) (26 April 2002)

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$2,834,577 (France) (29 November 2002)
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Emma Thompson was offered a role. See more »

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The film appears to take place from mid - Autumn through the Christmas season, into the new year. However, the foliage in the background clearly indicates a late Winter through Spring filming, with scenes clearly shot out of sequence See more »

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Marcus: [Out to lunch with Will & his mum] I made her put on that nice jumper.
Will: As for his mum, she appeared to be clinically insane, and wearing some kind of yeti costume!
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Hugh Grant gets a decent script where he can do what he does best and doesn't have to stutter
22 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Described by some as a man's version of Bridget Jones Diary the remarkable thing is that it lives up to the description. Hugh Grant, with an excellent script that could have been written especially for him, plays a young confirmed single yuppie socialite, dividing his day into units in which to pack his meaningless but carefree, philandering lifestyle and disposable income. After initially discovering unmarried mothers as a new supply of grateful sexual objects, he becomes drawn into a meaningful life after making friends with a young boy. Avoiding a cheesy ending is one of the film's many triumphs.


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