About a Boy (2002) Review

Verdict: Touching and entertaining

A really good film about how a boy helps a man to grow up.


Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Will (Hugh Grant) is a man who has never worked in his life and has the mindset of Barney from HIMYM. That is until 12 year old Marcus Brewer (Nicholas Hoult) comes into his life and suddenly identifying who’s the boy and who’s the adult is blurred.

Nicholas Hoult looks really cute in this film and you can see that he hasn’t changed much since then. He does a good job of playing his character and his character was so sweet that Hoult was probably the best fit since he has such a sweet face.

Grant does a good job as well but for some reason his acting all seems the same to me. Toni Collette plays Fiona Brewer, depressed mother of Marcus, and Sharon Small as Christine her friend. Rachel Weisz is also in this and she plays…Rachel. lol

Overall this was a really moving film about a boy and how even though he himself has problems, he decides to put the problems of those around him first.

To sum up this film: Growing old doesn’t necessarily mean growing up and sometimes the young help us realize that.

I give this an 8/10.

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