DVD 100 mins IMDB 7.4 (22,964 votes)
About a Boy
Universal Studios (2002)
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Comedy, Drama
UK  /  English

Hugh Grant Will Freeman
Nicholas Hoult Marcus
Toni Collette Fiona
Rachel Weisz Rachel
Isabel Brooke Angie
Victoria Smurfit Susie
Sharon Small Christine
Madison Cook Imogen
Jordan Cook Imogen
Nicholas Hutchison John
Ryan Speechley Barney
Joseph Speechley Barney
Isabel Brook
Natalia Tena Ellie (as Nat Gastiain Tena)
Laura Kennington Ellie's Friend
Tanika Swaby Ellie's Friend
Peter McNicholl Ellie's Friend
Christopher Webster Ellie's Friend

Director Chris Weitz; Paul Weitz
Producer Tim Bevan; Robert De Niro; Brad Epstein; Eric Fellner; Jane Rosenthal
Writer Nick Hornby; Peter Hedges; Chris Weitz; Paul Weitz
Cinematography Remi Adefarasin
Musician Peter Brewis; Damon Gough
User Credit 1 Nick Moore
User Credit 2 Joanna Johnston

London's most frequently eligible bachelor gets some lessons in growing up from a maladroit 12-year-old boy in this third big-screen adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel, directed and co-written by siblings Chris and Paul Weitz of American Pie fame. About a Boy concerns the parallel coming-of-age stories of the thirtysomething Will (Hugh Grant), a layabout "serial nice guy" living a posh, carefree lifestyle off his deceased father's fortune; and the preteen Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), a bright but awkward youth who's tired of his mom Fiona's (Toni Collette) depressed, boyfriend-less state. Their paths collide when Will, deciding that single mothers are the easiest romantic conquests on the dating scene, fabricates a two-year-old son and joins a group called S.P.A.T. (Single Parents Alone Together). Marcus is wise to Will's scheme, however, and through some incessant pestering and blackmail, he contrives for Will to date Fiona. Though Will doesn't hit it off immediately with either Marcus or his mother, he gradually begins to open up to the people around him — so much so that he attracts the attention of another attractive single mom (Rachel Weisz). A U.S./U.K. co-production of Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Films and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title (the company responsible for the Grant-related Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones's Diary), About a Boy was co-written by What's Eating Gilbert Grape creator Peter Hedges. — Michael Hastings

Edition Details
Barcode 025192197925
Region Region 1
Chapters 20
Release Date 6/3/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Brief strong language and some thematic elements.
User Text 2 Growing up has nothing to do with age.
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Trivia: Brad Pitt turned down the lead role of Will Freeman on the grounds that it was implausible that someone so attractive would need to pretend to be a single father to meet women. He nevertheless appears in the film (sort of) - he is on the cover of an issue of "Esquire" magazine that Will is reading in his flat. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The billiard balls move around between shots during the Snooker Hall scene (more)

Quotes: Will: The thing is, a person's life is like a TV show. I was the star of The Will Show. And The Will Show wasn't an ensemble drama. Guests came and went, but I was the regular. It came down to me and me alone. If Marcus' mum couldn't manage her own show, if her ratings were falling, it was sad, but that was her problem. Ultimately, the whole single mum plotline was a bit complicated for me. (more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations (more)