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About a Boy

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United Kingdom, United States, France · 2002
Rated PG-13 · 1h 41m
Director Paul Weitz
Starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Will Freeman, childless and in his thirties, wants to keep dating without commitment. He passes himself off as a single father to gain women's trust and attention. When Will meets Marcus, a struggling 12-year-old, they help each other figure out what it means to grow up.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

I never thought I needed a friendship between a grown man and a 12 year old boy until I watched this movie. Their heartwarming relationship will make you reevaluate your priorities in life.

What are critics saying?


USA Today by Claudia Puig

About a Boy is a rarity in many ways. It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair. Even its soundtrack, by Badly Drawn Boy, is perfectly pitched.


Slate by David Edelstein

It's irresistible, damn it. Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

About a Boy knows exactly what it wants to do: It wants to make you smile, and grin, and then laugh with recognition, and it manages all three, again and again.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Hugh Grant has grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism but losing the stuttering sherry-club mannerisms that were once his signature. In doing so, he has blossomed into the rare actor who can play a silver-tongued sleaze with a hidden inner decency.


New Times (L.A.) by Robert Wilonsky

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of About a Boy is how substantial it plays -- as a feel-good film with weight, a knowing comedy with dramatic depth.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

We have all the action heroes and Method script-chewers we need right now, but the Cary Grant department is understaffed, and Hugh Grant shows here that he is more than a star, he is a resource.

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