8:00 PM, 10th April, 2003
Based on Nick Hornby's popular novel, About A Boy is a comedy-drama starring Hugh Grant as Will, a rich, child-free, and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid (although he could have taken him to get a decent haircut), Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.
I am a bit of a Hugh Grant fan and must admit I prefer him as characters like this one and his character in Two Weeks Notice to that of Four Weddings or Notting Hill. He's replaced the stammering charm with something tighter, meaner, more self-absorbed ((mdash)) and about time! Toni Collette plays Fiona, Marcus's depressed mother. Once again she gives a terrific performance. About A Boy is a movie that avoids sappiness and sentiment but still manages to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.