About a Boy

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    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 Show more... 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.

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    Even people who don't usually like Hugh Grant will be charmed by him in the scrappy, slightly scandalous comedy About a Boy.

    3/4
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    The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a tearjerker, and at its best the movie is knowing and tart.

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    Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.

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    Will is a flintier, more sarcastic and impatient character than we've seen Grant play, yet there's a core of decency about him.

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    Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif.

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    About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.

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    Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.

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    Few movies have made better use of Hugh Grant's shallow charm and amused befuddlement than this funny and well-paced adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling second novel.

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    The first big studio movie of 2002 I didn't want to end.

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    Hornby's crises and characters can be so facile, schematic and smugly moralistic that emotional substance can get overshadowed by fluff.

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    The movie occasionally strains for crowd-pleasing moments as it pumps up the drama toward the end, but it more than earns our indulgence.

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    There's not much more to this adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel than charm -- effortless, pleasurable, featherweight charm.

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    In the end, the film comes over as a messy delight, thanks to the skill, generosity and good-sport, punching-bag panache of Mr. Grant's performance.

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    I loved the novel and I love what they did with it.

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    About a Boy is sophisticated and nuanced, and every character is bursting with emotional contradictions.

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    About a Boy is not only hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic, it's grounds for Hugh Grant's canonization as the patron saint of all cads.

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    In this winning, tic-free performance, Grant lends the shoals layer upon layer of desire, terror, ambivalence and self-awareness.

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    Most of us have uttered this familiar refrain: The movie is never as good as the book. About a Boy flies in the face of that maxim.

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    About A Boy measures out its redemption, but it's keenly felt all the same, and very much enjoyed.

    3/5
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    Miss this movie at your peril.

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    An honest movie about childhood that avoids sappiness and sentiment and goes in unexpected directions.

    3/4
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    A shrewd (if uneven) hybrid of American savvy and British savoir-faire.

    3/4
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    Given the trajectory of the plot of About a Boy, it's almost a miracle that this smart, painfully funny adaptation of the best-selling Nick Hornby novel never gives way to sentimentality.

    3/4
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    The summer movie season has barely begun, and already we have its first big surprise.

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    A flick about our infantilized culture that isn't entirely infantile.

    3/4
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    A truly winning comedy about romance.

    3/4
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    Although the plot devices that bring Will and Marcus together are complicated, they never seem strained or artificial.

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    Hugh Grant, who has a good line in charm, has never been more charming than in About a Boy.

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    A timid, soggy near miss.

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    Rascally Hugh Grant, a beyond-awkward little boy and the makers of American Pie team up for a near-perfect comic delight.

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    A lot of the credit for the film's winning tone must go to Grant, who hasn't lost a bit of the dry humor that first made audiences on both sides of the Atlantic love him.

    4/5
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    Less inventive than the one Stephen Frears put forward in High Fidelity two years ago, but also more satisfying.

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    It's no use pretending About a Boy doesn't have warmth and charm, because it does. But... there's a potential for something better still that never manages to get realized.

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    Some credit for that deservedly goes to Grant. To his credit, he doesn't stoop to his puppy-dog pander.

    3/4
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    Hoult is one of those amazing child actors whose faces serve as sheer membrane to their hearts.

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    About a Boy pulls off the savvy trick of teaching life lessons without making you gag on them.

    B+
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    Fans of the Hornby book should be pleased by the Weitzes' smart, faithful translation.

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    The movie sticks much closer to Hornby's drop-dead confessional tone than the film version of High Fidelity did.

    B+
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    As Hugh Grant says repeatedly throughout the movie, 'Lovely! Brilliant!'

    B+
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    Since the central odd couple have no rapport, their bond never seems to progress past mutual usury.

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    Using a stock plot, About a Boy injects just enough freshness into the proceedings to provide an enjoyable 100 minutes in a movie theater.

    3/4
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    That rare gem that tugs at the heartstrings with no manipulative sentimentality.

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    The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film.

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    Beautifully written and directed and packed with excellent performances.

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