About A Boy (2002)
Nick Hornby’s answer to Bridget Jones gets the Brit flick treatment here from a surprising source, with American Pie directors Chris and Paul Weitz at the helm and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions as a backer. But, unlike the Americanised version of Hornby’s High Fidelity, this movie remains on home turf.
Hugh Grant is on excellent form as Will, a 30-something singleton who intends to use single-parent support groups to pick up women. One of his would-be conquests introduces him to Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) — a troubled boy with a suicidal mother — who forcibly “adopts” the unwilling Will. All goes surprisingly well until the confirmed bachelor falls for single mum Rachel Weisz, which puts a strain on their friendship.