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About a Boy (2002)

A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

Directors:

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Writers:

Nick Hornby (novel), Peter Hedges (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Will Freeman
Nicholas Hoult ... Marcus Brewer
Sharon Small ... Christine
Madison Cook Madison Cook ... Imogen
Jordan Cook Jordan Cook ... Imogen
Nicholas Hutchison Nicholas Hutchison ... John
Ryan Speechley Ryan Speechley ... Barney
Joseph Speechley Joseph Speechley ... Barney
Toni Collette ... Fiona Brewer
Natalia Tena ... Ellie (as Nat Gastiain Tena)
Laura Kennington Laura Kennington ... Ellie's Friend
Tanika Swaby Tanika Swaby ... Ellie's Friend
Peter McNicholl Peter McNicholl ... Ellie's Friend
Chris Webster ... Ellie's Friend (as Christopher Webster)
Ben Ridgeway Ben Ridgeway ... Lee
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Storyline

Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish carnal needs. It is in this capacity that Will meets Marcus, as one of Will's single mother ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Growing up has nothing to do with age.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,747,966 (United Kingdom), 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,557,630, 19 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,385,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,549,455
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some queried the choice of an American directing a very English subject, but Chris Weitz is not only an Anglophile, he actually studied at Cambridge University. See more »

Goofs

After the Christmas dinner scene we see a clip of Marcus in school followed by the New Year's Eve scene with Will and Rachel. There is no school between Christmas and New Year's in the UK. See more »

Quotes

Will: My life is made up of units of time. Buying CDs - two units. Eating lunch - three units. Exercising - two units. All in all, I had a very full life. It's just that it didn't mean anything.
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Alternate Versions

UK airings on ITV2 cut out all the profanity and swearing to make a clean film language-wise. When the film appeared on Film4 in pre-watershed airings a large chunk of the profanity was retained save for the stronger words and certain phrases. See more »


Soundtracks

SuperThug
By Pharrell Williams (as Williams), Chad Hugo (as Hugo), N.O.R.E. (as Santiago), and Debbie Harry (as Harry) and Chris Stein (as Stein)
Performed by N.O.R.E.
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music (UK) Limited
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Hugh Grant gets a decent script where he can do what he does best and doesn't have to stutter
22 May 2002 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Described by some as a man's version of Bridget Jones Diary the remarkable thing is that it lives up to the description. Hugh Grant, with an excellent script that could have been written especially for him, plays a young confirmed single yuppie socialite, dividing his day into units in which to pack his meaningless but carefree, philandering lifestyle and disposable income. After initially discovering unmarried mothers as a new supply of grateful sexual objects, he becomes drawn into a meaningful life after making friends with a young boy. Avoiding a cheesy ending is one of the film's many triumphs.


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