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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

At the beginning of the film Marcus says he would be able to take care of his mum (Toni Collette) if he were Haley Joel Osment. Toni Collette played Haley Joel Osment's mother in The Sixth Sense (1999). See more »

Goofs

Will doesn't fit in the coffee holder in the espresso machine correctly, but still manages to make a cup of coffee. See more »

Quotes

Marcus: Suddenly I realized - two people isn't enough. You need backup. If you're only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you're on your own. Two isn't a large enough number. You need three at least.
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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

Referenced in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Performed by Toni Collette, Hugh Grant, and Nicholas Hoult
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Wonderful book, wonderful movie - gotta love Nick Hornby!
7 March 2004 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

This movie really came as a surprise to me. I had read the book shortly before I saw it and when I heard Hugh Grant was going to star and the Weitz brothers were chosen to direct I didn't exactly have high hopes. I thought "American Pie" was funny and all but this kind of story demanded someone more mature, someone clever. This movie, however, turned out to be all that: mature, clever, witty, sensible, honest and, most of all, really funny in such a natural way. Hugh Grant has never been better in any role before or since and the soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy is just perfect for the movie. The only thing they overdid a little was Toni Collette's character. I've never seen a person like that in real life. What I did like was the way they changed the ending for the movie. Usually that's not a good idea but it totally worked here. After all, I still liked "High Fidelity" a tiny bit better (the movie, not the book), but "About A Boy" comes very close. If you are just as much a fan of this book/movie as I am, get the DVD. There are wonderful deleted scenes on it, which are as funny as the rest of the movie.


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