May 9, 2010

About a boy, 2002

About a boy, 2002
Director: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Cast: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult

About a boy synopsis: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will's hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite.

Stage: Home theatre, TV selection

Preps: Wanted to see this again as I remember it to be one of Grant's better casts and it has a good point about male middle-age adolescence.

Reality: I am even more satisfied as I was the first time I saw this. Truly I believe this to be one of Grant's better pieces. Nicholas Hoult stars as a boy, out of league in his school, hated by his "supposed-to-be-friends" at school, misunderstood by his mother, unappreciated by his own father, a reality case that can happen on each corner. What makes this movie special is the bond that the boy and Grant evolve in it; from the watching of Xena, up to philosophical quests or chasing a woman Grant desires at that moment.

The movie is filled with ironical scenes and good dialogues. Other directors could learn something about situation comic in a lot of british movies, however this piece stands out of the crowd with it. Seeing Grant as he is, humble, stalky, humiliated, high, embarrased, well, it's worth these two hours. See it! It will make you think what making relationship is all about; the main purpose; the obligations a child brings with him; problems you can have not being accepted at school when having different visual, different way you think about things and see the world. All about a boy is filled with casual scenes, but brought up with humour and specialized in bold decisions after taking responsibilities for your actions.

My personal rate: 8,0 (definitely see this to endulge some english humour and some good dialogues, the relationship between Hugh and Nicholas is so genuine I have to love it and admire the cast)

About a boy on IMDB
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