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About a Boy [DVD] [2002]

Hugh Grant|Toni Collette|Rachel Weisz , Chris & Paul Weitz    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Grant|Toni Collette|Rachel Weisz
  • Directors: Chris & Paul Weitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063W20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,433 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The film version of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy takes a deeper though no less entertaining approach than the easy laughs of Fever Pitch and High Fidelity. The "coming together" of idle playboy Will (Hugh Grant) and put-upon loner Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) is a revealing tale of self-understanding and role reversal. Will finds that being yourself is of little consequence without a defining human context, while Marcus finds that pleasing others counts for little without a degree of self-confidence. How they arrive at this complementary awareness is the intriguing subject matter of the film, involving well-meaning single mothers, difficult adolescents and helpless older adults. Yet there's a wider significance to all this in the guise of human stereotypes--how we fall into them and how we can try to get out of them.

The film's wit and amusement comes down to deft and understated directing from Chris and Paul Weitz, and a snappily crafted screenplay from Peter Hedges and the Weitz brothers. Grant clips his hair as well as his vowels for a believable and ultimately sympathetic Will--by far his best performance since Four Weddings and a Funeral. As Marcus, Hoult is convincingly self-dependent, but could have been even more self-absorbed. Toni Colette is a dead-ringer for the well-meaning but ineffectual hippie mother Fiona, while Rachel Weisz gives her best screen performance to date as the attractive and vulnerable Rachel, with whom Will comes of age emotionally. Badly Drawn Boy's soundtrack will delight those who enjoy his brand of reconstituted 1970s Dylan; the title track has a wistful charm and there's a gem of an instrumental in the "Countdown" sequence. About a Boy is in the best traditions of British comedy: enlightening as it amuses, it's a film to enjoy and come back to. --Richard Whitehouse

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DVD Universal, Studios, Region 2 PAL 2002 101 mins


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Grant plays, Will, a rich, lazy and irresponsible 38 year old, with little better to occupy his time than a daily dose of Countdown and chasing women. He strikes upon the idea of meeting single-mums, his rational being that they are easy prey and as a result of one of his liaisons, his life becomes complicated by the introduction of Marcus. Marcus, (Nicholas Hoult) is a twelve year old with a lot of problems on his hands, he is bullied and laughed at school, his hippy-ish, vegan mother has tried to kill herself and permanently looks like she is on the verge of doing it again, but his outlook is surprisingly mature. He strikes up a sort of friendship with Will and what entails is a charming tale of how man educates boy, and in turn boy unwittingly educates man.
Much had been made of Hugh Grant's new haircut for the film, gone the floppy fringe and in it's place a new spikier messed up look. Well he may have a new haircut, but he is as likeable as ever, playing something slightly sharper and more complex than the amiable buffoon and delivering an excellent performance. Hoult as Marcus makes an adequate if slightly unspectacular debut, but there is good support from the ever dependable Toni Collette, Victoria Smurfitt and Rachel Weisz. The Badly Drawn Boy soundtrack is excellent even if towards the end the songs begin to sound a little over-familiar.
Overall, I think Hornby can be pleased that his book has been reasonably faithfully interpreted. A few minor changes have occurred (from what I can remember of the book) but as a film by itself, this is a frequently amusing, interesting, bitter sweet drama that is perfect for a night in with the girlfriend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Having heard about how good this film was supposed to be, i decided to give it a shot. And i will say that i was not disappointed in the least. Although i have never been a fan of these type of films that make your eyes fill up, i found it really entertaining and several viewings later, i still had not got board, which is very rare for a film.
It is about a shallow, lazy man called Will Freeman who basically does nothing apart from live a life of leisure, using his fathers fortune. However, things start to change when he meets Marcus, a 12 year old boy having problems at school and at home, and pretty soon he is drawn into an unknown world of love and emotion. Afterall, 'no man is an island'.
Hugh Grant is on top form and plays the part of Will, brilliantly. In fact, i don't think they could not have picked a better actor for the role. The rest of the cast are amazing as well, especially the boy who plays Marcus (sorry, i don't know his name). There is also a fantastic soundtrack written especially for the film, by the critically acclaimed 'Badly Drawn Boy'.
This film is one of a kind in that it is extreamly funny in some places, and at the same time extreamly sad in some places. Both these things have been put into the film in exactly the right doeses, ie there is just the right amount of each.
Well, what more can i say, other than to reinforce what i have already said about how great a film this is, and how you should buy it, even if you are not into this type of film, because i guarentee you will love it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great book 12 Dec 2003
Format:DVD
This film is brilliant and a really good adaptation of the book. I read the book first and loved it and decided to see the film. Only the ending had changed dramtically, and it was a good idea as the book ends wonderfully but would not transfer well onto the big screen.
I loved the way that one minute you were laughing out loud and the next you felt like crying for Marcus and Hugh Grant's character Will.
Its a great film that all Hugh Grant fans will love but even if you hate his work you will like this, its a completely different character to the simpering bloke you see in some of his other films. Also good in this were Toni Collette of Sixth Sense fame, and Rachel Weiz a.k.a Evelyn from The Mummy.
A big promise for the future is shown in Nicholas Hault playing Marcus of which half of the movie rests on his young shoulders. He pulls it off amazingly well and the solo at the end is just so good in its cringworthiness!!!
See the film and read the book, in either order because they both brilliant!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Are you a man or a woman? How old are you? Both of these may effect how this film impacts you. I'm a 32 year old unmarried man, and so caught the brunt of this film's message (I assume the protagonist is not far from his mid-30s, and he's _very_ male and _very_ unmarried). But I know at least one woman who really enjoyed this film as well, so you don't have to be in my demographic to get a kick from it.
Overall, an excellent movie. Let's start simple: the soundtrack. It was so good I almost bought it! However I'm not really a "soundtrack buyer" type person, so I didn't in the end. But it's got a great bunch of songs in the movie anyway, and they seemed to fit in perfectly with the story.
Next: the genre. What type of movie is this? Well it's not what I'd call a romantic comedy. It is more comedy than romantic - in fact it is very very funny. Although there is a romance in this movie, it is more a romance of the "self" - the main character coming to love and hate parts of himself he wasn't even conscious of. The main relationship in the movie is between the man, and the boy who comes into his life. And, by the way, the portrayal of the boy by Nicholas Hoult is absolutely brilliant and scarily convincing. And Hugh Grant is perfect, with his part being closer to his Bridget Jones days than his 4 Weddings days. Toni Collette, as the boy's mother, is just fabulous. Apart from the relationship between the boy and the man, the relationship between the boy and his mother is the other important one in the movie: and it is heart-rending, heart-warming, frustrating, and quite realistic.
When I say “heart-rending”, in relation to this movie, I mean it. Either I am emotionally unstable (probably) or this movie is very touching (definitely).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Grant Classic
arrived quickly, good price, in stock, good for teenagers (especially girls) as funny, romantic, relaxing, escapist - what is needed sometimes in days when everyone works so hard!
Published 16 days ago by DAVID HARTER-JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
Hugh Grant gives a great performance in this Nick Hornby story.
Lovers of the book: You can safely buy this DVD.
Published 26 days ago by ovskylark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Very insightful without being too heavy. Entertaining, a good story, with a feel good factor. Hugh Grant played an excellent 'typical' man out of his depth.
Published 1 month ago by Aileen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film.
This was bought for my step daughter and she loves the film. It arrived very quickly and the packaging was also good.
Published 1 month ago by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
Simple and lovely film in the same mould the other Brit films with Hugh Grant in ... but gentler. I very much enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by SO8
5.0 out of 5 stars both of us.
1p!!!!!!!! What can i say xxx We're both lovin it!!! My fave fil - just read the book and now my daughter's lovin it too :)) thanks xxx
Published 6 months ago by Miss Clementine Nancy Read
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
About a Boy is an amusing film, full of bright lines and clever observation. Based on Nick Hornby's popular novel, this film delivers on all of its promises and then goes that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by amel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Great movie, great story, great acting. I'm glad I got this movie to keep and I've used it to teach story telling as well.
Published 8 months ago by Helen p
5.0 out of 5 stars About A Boy
I bought this as this is mine and my daughters favourite film to watch. Its funny and has great characters. Hugh Grants character is so funny in this. recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Julie Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Bought this DVD as a gift, no complaints from recipient so I guess its really good. Great value and quality.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Susan Crowther
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