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About a Boy (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 May 2002 (USA)
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

Directors:

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Writers:

Nick Hornby (novel), Peter Hedges (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Will Freeman
Nicholas Hoult ... Marcus Brewer
Sharon Small ... Christine
Madison Cook Madison Cook ... Imogen
Jordan Cook Jordan Cook ... Imogen
Nicholas Hutchison Nicholas Hutchison ... John
Ryan Speechley Ryan Speechley ... Barney
Joseph Speechley Joseph Speechley ... Barney
Toni Collette ... Fiona Brewer
Natalia Tena ... Ellie (as Nat Gastiain Tena)
Laura Kennington Laura Kennington ... Ellie's Friend
Tanika Swaby Tanika Swaby ... Ellie's Friend
Peter McNicholl Peter McNicholl ... Ellie's Friend
Chris Webster ... Ellie's Friend (as Christopher Webster)
Ben Ridgeway Ben Ridgeway ... Lee
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Growing up has nothing to do with age.

Genres:

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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Country:

UK | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,747,966 (United Kingdom), 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,557,630, 19 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,385,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,549,455
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After the Christmas dinner scene we see a clip of Marcus in school followed by the New Year's Eve scene with Will and Rachel. There is no school between Christmas and New Year's in the UK. See more »

Quotes

Christine: Oh, no... it's just I thought you had hidden depths.
Will: No, no, you've always had that wrong about me. I really am this shallow.
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Connections

Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #22.7 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Donna And Blitzen
By Badly Drawn Boy (as Gough)
Performed by Badly Drawn Boy
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
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Brilliance, Fun for the whole family
8 December 2004 | by carlosSee 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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