• 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: Romance , Comedy drama

Production Co: Tribeca Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    The summer movie season has barely begun, and already we have its first big surprise. show more

  • 88
    Mark CaroChicago Tribune

    It's funny, moving and true, and it respects the audience's intelligence as much as the characters'. That combination, no matter the movie's label, deserves to be treasured. show more

  • 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)