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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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2,320 ( 150)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Emma Thompson was offered a role. See more »

Goofs

As Rachel is cleaning up for Will and Marcus, she picks up a wine glass about half full, but when she sets it down, it is empty. See more »

Quotes

Will: [voiceover] There. She was gone. There was no more to say.
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Alternate Versions

UK airings on ITV2 cut out all the profanity and swearing to make a clean film language-wise. When the film appeared on Film4 in pre-watershed airings a large chunk of the profanity was retained save for the stronger words and certain phrases. See more »

Connections

Features Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Zoo Station
By The Edge (as Evans), Bono (as Hewson), Adam Clayton (as Clayton), and Larry Mullen Jr. (as Mullen)
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
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User Reviews

Sincere and Beauty
8 April 2018 | by DansLeNoirSee all my reviews

It was a nice, funny and laughable film. I learned that the film is a book adaptation: I watched a movie. I liked it and gave it 8 points. The next morning, "This movie is American and very beautiful. this can not be." This is the movie industry in American space age.

The characters in the movie were nice. I do not like the end. Packed it up quickly. Other than that, the typists bothered. It was a classic. It was a funny and traceable film.

The duck scene was very beautiful.


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UK | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,557,630, 19 May 2002

Gross USA:

$41,385,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,549,455
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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