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)  »

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About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,747,966 (UK) (26 April 2002)

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$2,834,577 (France) (29 November 2002)
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Jon Bon Jovi, who both Marcus and Will attribute the phrase "no man is an island" used the quote in the opening lyrics for the song "Santa Fe" from his soundtrack for the movie Young Guns II (1990). See more »

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When Marcus is watching his mother cry in the kitchen while she prepares breakfast towards the start of the film, a centre parting appears in his fringe that was not previously there, then disappears and reappears. See more »

Quotes

Will: Hang on, come back.
Marcus: He's off his head!
Will: He's not.
Marcus: He said he'd cut me up into little pieces and hide me under the floorboards.
Will: He did?
Marcus: No, but I'm sure he's capable of it.
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Referenced in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Santa's Super Sleigh
Lyrics and Music by Peter Brewis
Performed by Lindsay Benson
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Boys will be boys....
23 May 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was a bit scared about what kind of treatment Chris and Paul Weitz had given the great novel by Nick Hornby. I have to report they did a great job in bringing it to the screen with the help of the screenwriter, Peter Hedges III. It's amazing what they have accomplished in translating the book to the screen and not lose focus in doing so. A great many Hollywood brains should take note of what was accomplish in this film.

Hugh Grant strikes the right amount of hipness, confusion and complete lack of responsibility in his interpretation of Will. He is an actor that brings the right attitude in playing a man about London looking for women, no matter where. He's a prowler looking for women who will fall prey to his charms. Mr. Grant is just perfect for this role.

The biggest surprise though, was the amazing debut of Nicholas Hoult, who just bowled us over as Marcus, the "boy" of the title. This young actor has a great career ahead of him if the people behind him will steer him into the right vehicles because he is a natural. He gives Mr. Grant a run for his money. The chemistry of their time together on screen is basically what was on the book while we were reading it.

Toni Collette plays another mother. Again, her interpretation of Fiona was on target. Rachel Weisz adds beauty to the film as Rachel. Someone should take a good look at this gorgeous woman and perhaps give her and Hugh Grant another vehicle where they can shine once again.


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