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About a Boy PG-13

About a Boy
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 14, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
    • Outtakes
    • Audio Commentary: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz - Directors
    • Deleted Scenes (w/ Director's Comments)
    • Featurette: SANTA'S SUPER SLEIGH
    • Making Of: THE MAKING OF ABOUT A BOY
    • Music Video:
      1. Badly Drawn Boy - "Silent Sigh"
      2. Badly Drawn Boy - "Something to Talk About"
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
    • Karaoke
    • Trivia Game:
      1. "How Cool are You'" Quiz
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Additional Text:
      1. Lyrics to "Santa's Super Sleigh"
      2. English to English Dictionary

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring
Performer: , , &
Directed by &
Screenwriting by , &
Original story by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 187

Spilled55%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 31,164,081
While the movie has some awkwardly executed scenes and slow spots... this is a comedy with a heart... It's funny, it's smart, it's poignant - and it's set on Planet Earth. Full Review
Buffalo News
May 24, 2017
Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed. Full Review
Slate
Feb 10, 2014
This is better than feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- affecting when you least expect it and funny from start to finish.
Wall Street Journal
Oct 9, 2009
...[The directors] handle the sentimentality of the story with a light, sweet touch....You succumb to the movie's warmth and bonhomie...
New York Times
May 17, 2002
...Thanks to the excellently adapted script, we are shown a group of characters with real emotional depth....The Weitzes have directed the film with great ability...
Hollywood Reporter
Mar 26, 2002
Rating: 4/5 -- About a Boy is truly a love story, with dialogue and a story line that's both pop and universally timeless, which is gold for moviegoers.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Feb 10, 2014
The splendid effectiveness of 'About a Boy' lies fully in the precise work of adaptation that the Weitz brothers make of the original text. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Espinof
Sep 4, 2019

Product Description:

ABOUT A BOY, directed by Chris and Paul Weitz, stars Hugh Grant as Will Freeman, a proudly self-absorbed 38-year-old Londoner. Living lavishly off the royalties from a hit Christmas song penned by his father, Will excels at nothing except doing nothing, which, in his case, includes shopping for CDs and having his hair "professionally disheveled." When Will makes a guilt-free exit from a brief fling with a single mom, he decides to crash a meeting of S.P.A.T. (Single Parents, Alone Together) in pursuit of more single mothers. This scheme leads to meeting Suzie (Victoria Smurfit) and Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), the socially awkward 12-year-old son of her flaky best friend, Fiona (Toni Collette). A series of odd situations leads to Will and Marcus becoming unlikely friends, and gradually both of their lives start to change for the better. However, when Will falls for the lovely Rachel (Rachel Weisz) and attempts to pass Marcus off as his son, things go awry. In order to win the heart of Rachel and make amends with Marcus, Will must finally grow up--and completely embarrass himself in front of hundreds of people.

Reveling in its characters' quirks and flaws, ABOUT A BOY is a smart, funny, and fast-paced comedy, meticulously crafted by the Weitz brothers. Grant, in possibly the best performance of his career, wisely covers his patented charm with a shallow facade, and Hoult avoids being too cute or precocious; instead, the two actors develop believable characters that grudgingly warm up to each other. Collette is suitably bizarre as a depressed hippie mother, and Weisz provides excellent support in her relatively small role. However, it's clear from the title that this film is about the boys. And that includes Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) who contributes an outstanding soundtrack that recalls Simon and Garfunkel's work on THE GRADUATE. Given Nick Hornby's excellent source material, ABOUT A BOY could have easily been an enjoyable movie, but in the hands of its talented collaborators, it's a truly exceptional tale.

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  • Theatrical release: May 17, 2002

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 20,293
  • UPC: 025192197925
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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