7.4/10
3,207
15 user 46 critic

Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006)

In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts.

Director:

On Disc

at Amazon

2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Live at Reading (Video 2009)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

"Nirvana headlining at Reading in 1992 was something you had to see, and if you didn't see it then it was something you pretended you saw." --Kerrang (October 2003) "The staggering energy ... See full summary »

Stars: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Nirvana
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

On Halloween 1991, Nirvana played live at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. Songs from both albums, "Bleach" and "Nevermind", were performed.

Director: Mark Racco
Stars: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Nirvana
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The week before Kurt Cobain was found dead from a single gunshot, he went missing. His whereabouts for that week has remained a mystery until now. But for the first time, the story of what ... See full summary »

Director: John Dower
Stars: Charles Cross, Harvey Ottinger, Alice Wheeler
Documentary | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain
Documentary | Animation | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen
Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An intimate look into one of the most influencing bands in music. NIRVANA , as they perform in this collage of performances, interviews , and touring.

Director: Kevin Kerslake
Stars: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.

Director: Benjamin Statler
Stars: Daniel Roebuck, Sarah Scott, August Emerson
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »

Director: David Markey
Stars: Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Examine the tragic downward spiral into into drug addiction and deppresion of musician Kurt Cobain, 20 years after his death.

Director: Jon Brewer
Stars: Keith Cameron, Chad Channing, Terry Christian
Hit So Hard (2011)
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.

Director: P. David Ebersole
Stars: Patty Schemel, Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson
Hype! (1996)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray
Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre
Sound City (2013)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl
Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself - Interviewee
Edit

Storyline

An intimate and moving meditation on the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain, based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard audiotaped interviews conducted with Cobain by noted music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana." In the film, Kurt Cobain recounts his own life - from his childhood and adolescence to his days of musical discovery and later dealings with explosive fame - and offers often piercing insights into his life, music, and times. The conversations heard in the film have never before been made public and they reveal a highly personal portrait of an artist much discussed but not particularly well understood. Written by AJ Schnack

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Kurt Cobain in his own words. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kurt Cobain Project  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,749 (USA) (5 October 2007)

Gross:

$80,689 (USA) (11 January 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Roughly eighty minutes into the film, Nirvana biographer and co-producer Michael Azerrad appears for a few seconds looking at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: I never intended to have some kind of a mystery about us, it's just that i didn't have anything to say in the beginning and now that it's gone on long enough that there's actually a story in a way, but still i think every night that you leave i think, god my life is so fucking boring, compared to so many people i know, we don't deserve to have a book written about us.
See more »

Connections

References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Promised Land
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worthy coverage of Cobain, but not for many
21 February 2008 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

A quiet, slow, but haunting meditation on the late rock hero may be an acquired taste for pre-existing fans, but ultimately ends up being a haunting character study regardless. Why this documentary really sticks out is in it's approach. Guided merely by audio clips of one of Cobain's last, and most in-depth interviews, the director shows long and lingering images of his surroundings while we listen to the troubled, quite misperceived star vent his frustrations with celebrity and recall his modest upbringings.

While slightly overlong with silent pauses in between statements, About A Boy is unique, intimate, and ultimately extremely satisfying in distilling some of the myths surrounding this icon and helping to re-humanize him again by giving us the visual counterparts to Cobain's world, without the hype.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page