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About a Boy (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 May 2002 (USA)
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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)

Gross:

$2,834,577 (France) (29 November 2002)
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The shot of Will reflected in the mirror when he is depressed was actually taken when Hugh Grant was taking a break. The directors noticed him doing this and from behind he looked depressed, so they shot it without him knowing. See more »

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When Will is confronted by the restaurant maitre d' for disturbing the other customers, the maitre d' first holds up his left arm close to his chest, then it switches to his right arm, then back to his left. See more »

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Wonderful book, wonderful movie - gotta love Nick Hornby!
7 March 2004 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

This movie really came as a surprise to me. I had read the book shortly before I saw it and when I heard Hugh Grant was going to star and the Weitz brothers were chosen to direct I didn't exactly have high hopes. I thought "American Pie" was funny and all but this kind of story demanded someone more mature, someone clever. This movie, however, turned out to be all that: mature, clever, witty, sensible, honest and, most of all, really funny in such a natural way. Hugh Grant has never been better in any role before or since and the soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy is just perfect for the movie. The only thing they overdid a little was Toni Collette's character. I've never seen a person like that in real life. What I did like was the way they changed the ending for the movie. Usually that's not a good idea but it totally worked here. After all, I still liked "High Fidelity" a tiny bit better (the movie, not the book), but "About A Boy" comes very close. If you are just as much a fan of this book/movie as I am, get the DVD. There are wonderful deleted scenes on it, which are as funny as the rest of the movie.


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