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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult
  • Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Peter Hedges
  • Producers: Nick Hornsby, Lynn Harris, Tim Bevan, Robert De Niro, Brad Epstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "About a Boy (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Spotlight on Location: The Making of About a Boy
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Badly Drawn Boy" Music Video
  • "Santa's Super Sleigh" Music Video
  • English to English Dictionary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • DVD-ROM Features
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  • Universal Showcase

  • Editorial Reviews

    Hugh Grant (Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary) is simply brilliant in this comedy hit the critics are hailing as "Hilarious!" (Premiere). Will Lightman (Grant) is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus. Now, as Will struggles to teach Marcus the art of being cool, Marcus teaches Will that you're never too old to grow up. About A Boy is the irresistible comedy smash that Time Magazine says is "smart, funny and winsome."

    Customer Reviews

    VERY funny, entertaining, heartwarming, with a great cast of good actors!!
    I'll never tell
    Will living on his fathers "one hit wonder " song's money and his principle in life is very simple - one man is an island .
    Vlad
    The performances from Hugh Grant to Nicholas Hoult to Toni Collette to Rachel Weisz are excellent.
    "katebangel"

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By schapmock on February 17, 2003
    Format: DVD
    Heartwarming studio chickflick about Hugh Grant bonding with a little boy...this description didn't send me rushing to the cinema, despite the Nick Hornsby brand. But shockingly, About a Boy isn't a standard Hollywood prefab romcom or sentimental twaddle -- it's an actual film, sharply written, evocatively directed, beautifully acted.
    The caustic British wit immediately sets the film apart from its studio comedy brethren -- its actually, frequently funny. The characters feel real, lived in. The superb dual voiceover is potent rebuke to those still peddling the convential wisdom that vo's are "uncinematic" (if this includes you you're immediately assigned "Election" and "Adaptation"), working comfortably inside our protagonists' heads without any dreaded 'literary' staining, bringing their vibrant inner lives to comic life.
    So instead of the false life lessons and maudlin sentimentality films of this sort so often trade in, we get a moving, witty story about...okay, yeah...Hugh Grant bonding with a little boy. But that's no reason not to rent it.
    The widescreen picture is gorgeous (another nice departure from drearily filmed studio comedies) and the disc comes with numerous, lengthy deleted scenes that are virtually all terrific, and well worth viewing.
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    40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on January 14, 2003
    Format: DVD
    It frightened me, at first, to hear that directors Chris and Paul Weitz, the guys who made "American Pie," were behind the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. Though Hugh Grant was born to play the self-centered, shallow, immature man urged to grow through his relationship with a young boy in need, I forgot about the occasional moments of warmth in "American Pie" and doubted the Weitzes were capable of conveying the heart and seriousness necessary to make this film. I was wrong.
    Matching moments of true horror involving attempted suicide at the film's beginning with Grant's continuing snarky, sarcastic voiceover showed that the directors had found the precise balance necessary to make the film work. It's a heartwarming, occasionally edgy film about the human need for others and about how a family - whether one we're born into or one that we create for ourselves - can help us grow.
    Nicholas Hoult, as Marcus, gives a great performance, and Toni Collette, as his hippie, depressive mother, is Oscar-caliber, but the film belongs to Grant. It's the best work he's ever done.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vlad on March 9, 2003
    Format: DVD
    Excellent comedy from the directors of " American Pie " and " " Down to Earth ". Starring Hugh Grant . By it's speed and meaning reminds me " Four Weddings and a Funeral ". If you did like that one , you definitely going to love " About a Boy ".
    Hugh Grant playing Will , some guy who is doing absolutely nothing . Just watching TV all day , picking up CDs in the store , eating lunch and picking up girls later at night . Will living on his fathers "one hit wonder " song's money and his principle in life is very simple - one man is an island . He needs nothing , he wants nothing and he cares about nothing . But one day Marcus ( Nicholas Hoult ) walks in his life and things beginning to change . Marcus is a 6-7 grade kid , growing up with his single and depressed "hippie" mom . He is bullied at school and has no friends . He just started stopping by at Will's place and " hang around ", anyway Will doing nothing all day .
    This relationship changed both their lives for better . And finally Will realized the real life he was missing . One man is never an island after all - you change other people lives , same as they change yours .
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "emerikan" on January 8, 2003
    Format: DVD
    I was hesitant on seeing this, partly because I had never heard of it or seen reviews of it on TV before, but my mom reluctantly dragged me to the show to see it. Was I surprised.
    Hugh Grant plays an amazing character, the male version of Bridget Jones, or so I think. His commentary throughout the movie at random points made me laugh, and I love the "SPAT" meeting. The boy in the film did an amazing job, and the bond that forms between him and Will is great. After I saw the movie, I bought the book, and both were equally impressive. No one could have played this role better than Grant, he's perfect for it. This is probably one of his best films, if not the best.
    When it comes out on DVD, I strongly suggest getting it, or rent it first, and I guarentee you will love it. I was hesitant on seeing it, and I was extremely surprised and pleased!!!
    The soundtrack is also amazing, done by "Badly Drawn Boy". I suggest getting it if you're a fan of the film, because every song in the film is on the soundtrack.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooley on March 17, 2005
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    What a refreshing role for Hugh Grant! We've all seen him as the bumbling charmer, but those roles in the past seem to melt together. ABOUT A BOY is different in that Hugh Grant's character shows more emotions, flaws, fears, and frailties.

    Hugh plays Will, a single 30-something guy who has never had to work a day in his life because of royalities he gets from a song his dad wrote. While not working sounds like a great idea, it has turned him into an immature man-child that enjoys isolation and breaking his day up into "units of time" for different mundane activities, like surfing the web, playing pool, and watching game shows.

    Realizing that no self-respecting women will ever want anything to do with him, Will joins SPAT (Single Parents Alone Together) to hit on those beautiful single moms that are so desperate that they'll even go out with him. The fact that he has to conjour up an imaginary child is a small detail.

    Along the way he meets Marcus, a thoughtful boy of a single mom played by Toni Collette. Marcus is mature and observant and very isolated at school, but not by choice. As their odd friendship grows, Will and Marcus begin to fill the holes in each other's lives and in their personalities.

    This is an original story with great characters and a unique plot. It will leave you with a smile and thinking about these characters you grow to care about for a while afterwards.

    Enjoy-
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