About a Boy
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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."
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Hoult is an extremely eccentric kid tormented by other children while struggling to cope with his single hippie mother's depression and attempted suicide. The mother/son relationship is complex and atypical, breaking personal ground; she has no idea how her doting attention and unconscious efforts to make her son into a partner rather than a child affect him adversely. Likewise, Grant's self-centered rich-boy-growing-old has a lot of room for improvement, which is ultimately stimulated by his unexpected, unwanted relationship with the awkward but doughty boy.
The plot is simple: A horny single dude realizes he can meet vulnerable women among self-help groups for single parents. He signs up for meetings in which he is the only male, fabricates a non-existent child with all the phony emotional duress of an equally non-existent failed marriage, and wins the hearts of all around him. He hones in on one attractive mother and while he initially scores with her, the son of the messed-up hippie mom hones in on him as a surrogate father to help him cope with his mother's disabilities.
Grant's cold-hearted cad is not immediately melted by the irritating boy who insistently shows up at his door and insinuates himself into his home. But as he realizes the torture the child endures, which may reflect the callowness he showed to others when he was young, he very gradually accepts responsibility for love.
I recommend this movie on many levels, excellent acting being only one. It's a feel-good movie that doesn't offer pat, simplistic resolutions, and ultimately is immensely touching (albeit occasionally cringe-worthy).
this is very good performance by all actors involved especially Hugh Grant ,t he little boy and his mom.
It is very real on screen depiction of a young guy who has enough money to live care free but
at the same he is lonely enough to submit to uninvited friendship with a little boy and his slightly
psychotic but more struggling single mom and although the movie is not about any romantic
relationship with his mom as there is no such, this movie is hilarious and good visual journey
that is good watch.
It is slightly intellectual movie and extremely satisfying.
Don't expect fast action or special effects but if you want great smooth dialogues and
good flow that is unbarring and makes you waiting for the next scene then this movie
is for you.
Hugh Grant is superb.
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