About A Boy (2002)

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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.

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