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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madison Cook ...
Jordan Cook ...
Nicholas Hutchison ...
Ryan Speechley ...
Joseph Speechley ...
Ellie (as Nat Gastiain Tena)
Laura Kennington ...
Ellie's Friend
Tanika Swaby ...
Ellie's Friend
Peter McNicholl ...
Ellie's Friend
Ellie's Friend
Ben Ridgeway ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Growing up has nothing to do with age.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,747,966 (UK) (26 April 2002)


$2,834,577 (France) (29 November 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Will is hit with an apple whilst singing on stage with Marcus, the apple was actually a sponge ball purchased from a local sports shop, painted to look like an apple. See more »


At the end of the movie, before Will sits on the couch with Marcus, he picks up a nearly full bottle of beer. When he sits on the couch, the beer bottle is almost empty. See more »


Marcus: He fancies you. he told me.
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Featured in About a Boy: Deleted Scenes (2003) See more »


Sussex Carol
Arranged by David Willcocks (as Sir David Willcocks)
Performed by The Cambridge Singers
Courtesy of Collegium Records
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Brilliance, Fun for the whole family
8 December 2004 | by (Melbourne Victoria Australia) – See all my reviews

I just watched this yesterday again :)

i was at my grandmothers and we all watched my DVD it 3 generations of us all watched it

all loved it from my little cousin 10 - my grandparents 70s With a steady stream of laughs, masterful & quite original plot line and includes a very intriguing character ensemble.

This movie follows the tradition of Hugh Grant playing the villain extremely well inkeeping with his debut in Bridget Jones' Diary as a villainous character.

I personally liked this slightly better then Bridget it was a little more suspenseful and serious, but all lovers of the Bridget jones' series should go an buy this. guaranteed enjoyment.

but about a boy is timeless, if you enjoy it the second time you will enjoy it forever. I mention second time as the humor is a fairly conservative and educated so you need to pay attention. Or you will definitely miss the hilarity of Hugh Grants character as it isn't directly implied like skit comedies such as Road Trip and Old School. which are boring after 2 views.

don't leave the store with a copy or two of this.

rating 8.2/10

*Arghhh I've wounded his soul:'( **ohhh SHUT UP your wounding my soul!!

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