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About A Boy

About A Boy
  • 2002
  • UK/US
  • 101 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Cast: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz

Grant breaks free of his posh fop screen persona to play layabout Will Freeman in this winning adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. Supporting a loafers' life of telly, booze and birds with wealth from his late father, Freeman's womanising brings him into contact with Marcus (Hoult), the young son of suicidally depressed Fiona (Collette), who proceeds to change the wastrel's life. The Weitz brothers keep things bright and breezy, but top honours go to Grant and Hoult who spend the film swapping places as the titular character.

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