The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film. It helps also that newcomer Hoult is that rare child actor who mercifully underplays the pathos of his role. show more
In addition to being a smart comedy and an excellent showcase for Grant, it's an honest movie about childhood that avoids sappiness and sentiment and goes in unexpected directions. show more
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. show more
August 29, 2010 Gibgirl70
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I love the book About A Boy but this is the first time I can honestly say, I liked the film better. When I read the *********** picturing Hugh Grant as the lead so when I heard it was being released and he was starring I couldn't wait to see it. I had high expectations for this film and it beat every one of them. It's touching. We watch a grown man learn to love for the first time in his life. The supporting cast (including Toni Colette and Rachel Weisz) were amazing and Hugh Grant made this character not only real but sympathetic in a way the lead in the book could not. For all the touching and tender things this story teaches you may be surprised at how hard you laugh. Hugh Grant always plays an amazing cad (think Bridgette Jones) If you read the book don't expect the same ending. The movie is hysterical and the ending will leave you laughing out loud. You will never forget it.