• About a Boy (2002)

About a Boy

Release Date: May 17th, 2002

DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

A comedy-drama starring Hugh Grant as 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.

Cast: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Isabel Brook, Sharon Small, Victoria Smurfit, Augustus Prew

Director: Chris Weitz , Paul Weitz

Genres: Comedy drama , Romance

Production Co: Tribeca Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: School , Deception , 2000s , Lighthearted , Friend , Witty , Love , London , Transformation , Friendship , Growing up ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The film is a sharp, funny, touching tale. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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.

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical