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At Theaters: 5/17/2002 On Video: 1/14/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409916
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A trendy, 38-year-old Londoner, spends his days buying new CDs, shopping for designer clothes and worrying about his Audi Coupe and nights, whenever possible, are devoted to beautiful women. A no-strings fling with a single mom turns on the proverbial lightbulb over his head: maybe a good place to meet women would be single-parent support groups.
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Drama - I simple comedy about relationships and friendships. It should appeal to both males and females from older teens to adults. It's primarily a light comedy, but it does occasionally get a little serious.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Hugh Grant BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY, SMALL TIME CROOKS
Toni Collette CHANGING LANES, THE SIXTH SENSE, THE HOURS
Rachel Weisz THE MUMMY RETURNS, ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE MUMMY
Nicholas Hoult INTIMATE RELATIONS
Dir/Prod: Paul & Chris Weitz DOWN TO EARTH, AMERICAN PIE
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PROFANITY: 1 (maybe 2) F-words, 9 S-words, Quite a few milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: Some mild sexual references.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking only.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Very Funny throughout!
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Very Good

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "...part of the picture's funky sweetness is that codirectors Paul and Chris Weitz, aiming a bit higher than they did in ''American Pie,'' do more than transform Will from a trampy hedonist into a nice guy. They trace the careful, step-by-step process through which compassion starts to feel more real to him than his shiny, empty mirror of a life did.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "About a Boy is not a daring film, but it is immensely likable. Every once in a while, a movie comes along that, despite traversing familiar terrain, is made with enough all-around skill that it overcomes its clichéd origins. About a Boy is such a movie.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "...it's one of the year's most entertaining films, not only because Grant is so good but because young Nicholas Hoult has a kind of appeal that cannot be faked. ...a comedy of confidence and grace.  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.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "
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.  In a summer of daring superheroes and intergalactic spectacles, it's a pleasure to see a film that doesn't need special effects to be emotionally affecting.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 218 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Would
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
24
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
21
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
42
High
95%
30+Adults (M)
38
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
89
Very High
94%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

First let me say that I don't believe the high number of females to males is an indication that this is a "chick flick." It's more of an indication that some guys just won't fill out our questionnaire and most of the ladies will.

I was right that most opinions would be in the "Excellent" to "Very Good" range, but I'm a little surprised to see so many "Fantastic" opinions. These are obviously some very high opinions, especially for such a simple comedy. Nearly everyone indicated that they would recommend this movie to their friends. Their main positive comment was that it was funny and it had a great story. The main complaint was about the profanity and that it was a little slow and depressing in spots. But most of those giving these negative comments gave it a good rating.

This movie is a rarity. It's very unusual to see a movie that both critics and moviegoers rated highly. It's a movie that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This is a fun and very funny little comedy with a few lessons of life thrown in. If you go in knowing this is just a simply little comedy and that's what you're in the mood for, then I have no doubt that most will be very pleased.

Although this looks a bit like a "chick flick" it's not. I believe men will enjoy it just as much.

I predict most of the opinions will be in the "Excellent" to "Very Good" range. There will probably be a fair number of "Fantastic" opinions and very few, if any, low opinions and no bad opinions.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Terminally single and ecstatically child-free, Will (Hugh Grant), a trendy, 38-year-old Londoner, spends his days buying new CDs, shopping for designer clothes and worrying about his Audi Coupe and up-to-the-second hairstyle. Nights, whenever possible, are devoted to beautiful women. Work? What's that? Thanks to a ubiquitous Christmas standard written by his dad and recorded by everyone from Elvis to the Muppets, Will doesn't have to work like the rest of the world. The royalties rolling in have enabled him to make a profession – an art, really – out of avoiding responsibility.

A no-strings fling with a single mom turns on the proverbial lightbulb over his head: maybe a good place to meet women would be single-parent support groups. And so, posing as a single dad with a fictitious two-year-old, he joins S.P.A.T. – Single Parents, Alone Together. Well on his way to charming a single mom named Suzie (Victoria Smurfit), he inadvertently bonds with a 12-year-old misfit named Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), the latchkey son of Suzie's best friend.

That would be Fiona (Toni Collette), a flaky, eccentric, single, hippie-chick. A good boy, Marcus just wants mom to be happy – because she's literally been suicidal since a recent break-up. Add on the fact that the kids at school won't stop picking on him, and Marcus is under more pressure than any 12-year-old should be.

So Marcus turns to the nearest father figure for help. That would be Will. Though he quickly deduces that Will has lied about being a single dad, Marcus badly needs a friend, and try as he does to resist, Will gradually starts to care about the boy's well-being.

As Will plays Pygmalion, treating Marcus to a shopping spree for the hippest sneakers and CDs, Marcus's self-confidence grows. Likewise, thanks to Marcus and Fiona, Will finds himself becoming less self-obsessed, less concerned with being the star of his own meager life.

That's when he meets Rachel (Rachel Weisz), a bright, beautiful single mom with a 12-year-old boy of her own. Will finds himself falling in love – real, undeniable love – for the very first time in his life. But it's complicated – especially when Rachel assumes that Marcus is his son.

Who knew love could be so hard? And what strange forms it can take? And what ridiculous things it can make a man do? It's almost more than Will can bear, especially when he realizes how much he cares about Rachel, Marcus, even wacky Fiona. And when Will puts himself on the line for his makeshift family – without premeditation or calculation – it's a shock to discover that he has saved not only Marcus and Fiona, but himself.

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