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“It happens, and I wish it didn’t, but that’s life, isn’t it?”
– Marcus

SYNOPSIS: Will, a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7.5So a few months back I read Dan’s review of this film, and it got me thinking back on it. There was not a lot that I remembered about it, but then I was like 12 or 13 when I last saw it. I decided that it was time to check this out again, and I am glad that I did. About A Boy is an incredibly depressing film, but also inspiring and hopeful. I got so crushed and angry watching Marcus because kids are cruel, and I was peeved as sin at his mother. It is never the child’s job to look after the parent. However, there were a few things that niggled at me. For instance, it was never explained why Fiona was so depressed, and why she attempted suicide, little things like that. Then again, I was not watching this for Fiona. About A Boy is all about the relationship that forms between Marcus and Will in both of their lowest and most desperate moments. The change that comes over Marcus is astounding now that he just has someone that takes an interest in him. He is such a sweet and adorable young boy. I think that Nicholas Hoult did an amazing job with his character. I don’t know when last I have seen Hugh Grant in a movie, and probably the first time I have watched him in anything as an adult. I don’t think I will ever understand why this man was so popular when I was younger. He sort of slipped off the radar, too. Aside from all that, I really liked what he did with his character in this, and it was lovely to watch him grow, too. Will and Marcus provided beautiful things for one another. There were a few scenes that had me laughing here, and I was particularly amused by the “Watch Yourself” bit at school, that was one thing I always remembered clearly from this. If you have never seen About A Boy, I would recommend you check it out, and if you have, it’s probably not too crazy to consider a rewatch!

24 thoughts on “Review: About A Boy (2002)

  1. This movie merits a rewatch. I remember liking it when I first saw it, and though there’s a tv show stemming from this, it’s not as great as the movie. Great review!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks a lot. I can’t see the series being as good…

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      1. I watched a few episodes of the first season, but I don’t know how long the show can keep up the whole man-child/child-adult dynamic in the long run.

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      2. Zoë says:

        I wouldn’t think it viable in the long term.

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  2. Saxhida says:

    Great review.I like that movie so much.Have you seen Labor Day?
    It´s also very good.Greetings from Germany

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks! I have not actually, I will check it out sometime!

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  3. CMrok93 says:

    Funny, sweet, insightful, and most importantly, incredibly acted by these two that I genuinely felt like they were besties both on and off the screen. Good review Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan! I thought they had that chemistry down pat!

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  4. 70srichard says:

    It is a holiday perennial at our house, we must have Santa’s souped up sleigh. You get to the heart of the movie, Marcus and Will need each other to grow up. A very nice reminder of something people could enjoy if they give it a chance.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I am so glad to hear that! I am with you there, very nice reminder!

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  5. The film shows how good Hugh Grant can be when he’s not in a shitty romantic comedy. You should check out the soundtrack to About a Boy, its fantastic.

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    1. Zoë says:

      And he just slipped off the face of the earth…

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  6. theipc says:

    My Dearest and Smartest IJB,

    Does It think It would like this movie? This doesn’t sound like It’s type of thing.

    Love,

    Proud Proud PPSC

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    1. Zoë says:

      Kindest PSC,

      It doesn’t think It would love it very much, no…

      Love,

      Passed JJB

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      1. theipc says:

        PSJB,

        #lowfives

        Love,

        NSSC

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      2. Zoë says:

        Dear NSSC,

        #lowfives

        Love,

        JJB

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      3. theipc says:

        Dear PJB,

        HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

        Love it!

        NPSC

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  7. I still have never seen this movie, I need to see it! So cute to see a mini Nicholas Hoult in this.

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    1. Zoë says:

      You should see it, I think you would like it! He was so heart-wrenchingly sad!

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  8. ruth says:

    I quite like this one Zoe, perhaps one of my fave performances from Hugh Grant. It’s nuts to think how grown up Nicholas Hoult looks now, he’s so tall and hunky 😉

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    1. Zoë says:

      I am glad to hear you enjoy it so much! It was a solid performance from Grant. Ahhhhh, who knew he would be so lookie? 😉

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  9. Abbi says:

    I need to check this out again.

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  10. table9mutant says:

    Man, I’m so far behind on your blog! This was a sweet little movie but, yeah – I only really remember the rap scene now. 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Hahahaha! It is okay. December threw us all back a bit!

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