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About a Boy
  • PG-13
  • 1h 41m
  • 2002
Certified Fresh93%
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Hugh Grant (Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary) is simply brilliant in this comedy hit the critics are hailing as "Hilarious!" (Premiere). Will Lightman (Grant) is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus. Now, as Will struggles to teach Marcus the art of being cool, Marcus teaches Will that you're never too old to grow up. About A Boy is the irresistible comedy smash that Time Magazine says is "smart, funny and winsome."

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: About a Boy benefits tremendously from Hugh Grant's layered performance, as well as a funny, moving story that tugs at the heartstrings without tilting into treacle.
Reviews
New Yorker
David Denby
Fresh

The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a t...

January 29, 2019
Wall Street Journal
Joe Morgenstern
Fresh

About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting...

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that About a Boy is a 2002 movie based on a novel by Nick Hornby in which Hugh Grant plays a self-centered playboy who starts to become a better person after meeting a misfit 14-year-old with a depressed and suicidal mother. There's some strong language (including two uses of "f--k"), including profanity used by teenagers. Some sexual references (Will is an unabashed love-'em-and-leave-'em guy). A parent is clinically depressed and attempts suicide, and her child feels responsible. Another child becomes hysterical about the prospect of his mother dating. Marcus' mother fears that Will has an improper interest in Marcus. There are some brief molestation insinuations. Characters drink and smoke.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Release Date:May 17, 2002
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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