About a Boy PG-13

About a Boy
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 14, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
    • Outtakes
    • Audio Commentary: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz - Directors
    • Deleted Scenes (w/ Director's Comments)
    • Featurette: SANTA'S SUPER SLEIGH
    • Making Of: THE MAKING OF ABOUT A BOY
    • Music Video:
      1. Badly Drawn Boy - "Silent Sigh"
      2. Badly Drawn Boy - "Something to Talk About"
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
    • Karaoke
    • Trivia Game:
      1. "How Cool are You'" Quiz
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Additional Text:
      1. Lyrics to "Santa's Super Sleigh"
      2. English to English Dictionary

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring
Performer: , , &
Directed by &
Screenwriting by , &
Original story by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 31,164,081
Rating: 3/4 -- Even people who don't usually like Hugh Grant will be charmed by him in the scrappy, slightly scandalous comedy About a Boy. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 10, 2014
...A pleasurable experience...
Sight and Sound
May 1, 2002
...Hugh Grant has grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism....Grant draws on, and deepens, his enjoyable performance as the seducer boss in Bridget Jones' Diary...
Entertainment Weekly
May 24, 2002
This is better than feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- affecting when you least expect it and funny from start to finish.
Wall Street Journal
Oct 9, 2009
Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 10, 2014
About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
Wall Street Journal
Feb 10, 2014
...[The directors] handle the sentimentality of the story with a light, sweet touch....You succumb to the movie's warmth and bonhomie...
New York Times
May 17, 2002

Product Description:

ABOUT A BOY, directed by Chris and Paul Weitz, stars Hugh Grant as Will Freeman, a proudly self-absorbed 38-year-old Londoner. Living lavishly off the royalties from a hit Christmas song penned by his father, Will excels at nothing except doing nothing, which, in his case, includes shopping for CDs and having his hair "professionally disheveled." When Will makes a guilt-free exit from a brief fling with a single mom, he decides to crash a meeting of S.P.A.T. (Single Parents, Alone Together) in pursuit of more single mothers. This scheme leads to meeting Suzie (Victoria Smurfit) and Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), the socially awkward 12-year-old son of her flaky best friend, Fiona (Toni Collette). A series of odd situations leads to Will and Marcus becoming unlikely friends, and gradually both of their lives start to change for the better. However, when Will falls for the lovely Rachel (Rachel Weisz) and attempts to pass Marcus off as his son, things go awry. In order to win the heart of Rachel and make amends with Marcus, Will must finally grow up--and completely embarrass himself in front of hundreds of people.

Reveling in its characters' quirks and flaws, ABOUT A BOY is a smart, funny, and fast-paced comedy, meticulously crafted by the Weitz brothers. Grant, in possibly the best performance of his career, wisely covers his patented charm with a shallow facade, and Hoult avoids being too cute or precocious; instead, the two actors develop believable characters that grudgingly warm up to each other. Collette is suitably bizarre as a depressed hippie mother, and Weisz provides excellent support in her relatively small role. However, it's clear from the title that this film is about the boys. And that includes Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) who contributes an outstanding soundtrack that recalls Simon and Garfunkel's work on THE GRADUATE. Given Nick Hornby's excellent source material, ABOUT A BOY could have easily been an enjoyable movie, but in the hands of its talented collaborators, it's a truly exceptional tale.

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  • Theatrical release: May 17, 2002

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  • Sales Rank: 48,403
  • UPC: 025192197925
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