London's most frequently eligible bachelor gets some lessons in growing up from a maladroit 12-year-old boy in this third big-screen adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel, directed and co-written by siblings Chris and Paul Weitz of American Pie fame. About a Boy concerns the parallel coming-of-age stories of the thirtysomething Will (Hugh Grant), a layabout "serial nice guy" living a posh, carefree lifestyle off his deceased father's fortune; and the preteen Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), a bright but awkward youth who's tired of his mom Fiona's (Toni Collette) depressed, boyfriend-less state. Their paths collide when Will, deciding that single mothers are the easiest romantic conquests on the dating scene, fabricates a two-year-old son and joins a group called S.P.A.T. (Single Parents Alone Together). Marcus is wise to Will's scheme, however, and through some incessant pestering and blackmail, he contrives for Will to date Fiona. Though Will doesn't hit it off immediately with either Marcus or his mother, he gradually begins to open up to the people around him -- so much so that he attracts the attention of another attractive single mom (Rachel Weisz). A U.S./U.K. co-production of Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Films and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title (the company responsible for the Grant-related Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones's Diary), About a Boy was co-written by What's Eating Gilbert Grape creator Peter Hedges.~Michael Hastings
Spotlight on location: The making of About a Boy
"Santa's Super Sleigh": Lyrics to the entire song
English to English dictionary
Feature commentary with directors Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
I love this movie. I never really cared for Hugh Grant and foppish hair back then and his awkwardness. In this movie, he won me over, cut the hair and was actually a cool guy. The transformation he goes through from being self centered womanizing jerk to actually turning into a decent human being is spectacular. The whole cast is great as well as the story but the Hugh Grant's character is the one that really stands out. Too bad he didn't get any oscar consideration for this role. Great movie to watch over and over again.
An unknown movie that is a must see. Give it a chance you'll love it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie, but the special features on this disc are what make the DVD outstanding. I wasn't a Badly Drawn Boy fan until I checked out the videos and interviews. The songs and music fit the movie to a T.