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About a Boy

About a Boy

2002
Romance, Comedy
1h 41m
About a Boy is about a man (Grant) -- a handsome, rich, shallow, self-absorbed, irresistible cad -- and the unexpected relationship he develops with a boy he meets while trying to pick up another boy's mother. (Universal Pictures)
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About a Boy

2002
Romance, Comedy
1h 41m
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Rated 27 Feb 2023
69
59th
I enjoyed enough but I wasn't too keen on the tagline: About a boy is about a man that is about to have a bout with about three women and it's about time.
Rated 07 Nov 2007
38
11th
I'm planning a murderconspiracy against Hugh Grant. ........ Who's with me ???
Rated 29 May 2008
85
84th
I actually found Hugh Grant to be pretty darn funny in this film. I caught myself laughing a lot more then I thought I would. Maybe I am just becoming a fan of these British movies (like Love Actually). I didn't enjoy the whole making up he had a kid part, and was happy when his cover was blown. The ending was a little far-fetched, but I didn't care because I was too busy laughing at how Grant took on his challenges. "Do you miss him"; 'Who?" "Your son." (that was my favorite line)
Rated 05 Mar 2007
70
51st
While it may fail in its more serious segments, works as great fun in its more romantic-light-comedy tone.
Rated 19 Jul 2007
82
50th
Hugh Grant as a selfish layabout? What a stretch! Still, this movie is sweet, funny and well made.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
63rd
Just a really good movie. It's funny at times, and sad at times, but ultimately uplifiting. And the cast is well worth watching.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
78th
Surprisingly, a good Hugh Grant movie. Grant plays very much against his doofus/nebbish standard typecasting, and is very effective in this. Toni Collette is great as an embarrassingly-bad hippie mom to Nicholas Hoults' Marcus, who is also very well-cast and a much better child actor than we typically see in film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Terrific, touching comedy. The kind of movie you don't want to end.
Rated 18 May 2008
84
71st
Very nice movie. Watch it with you boyfriend/girlfriend.
Rated 05 Jul 2008
75
44th
I don't know exactly why, but i really like this movie.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
84
69th
A truly touching and human story about a father-son relationship between a lone bachelor and fatherless boy. Really a very sweet story and a good commentary on families.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
85
66th
Hugh Grant with an edge, and it works.
Rated 07 Aug 2010
65
61st
It's pretty warm and cool, thanks to Hugh Grant, doing his best character -- I do think the actor is somehow as empty as the character, but that's not a very funny remark.
Rated 21 Dec 2014
6
41st
About a Boy is something of an unsung and forgotten British gem. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy and admire this film. Hugh Grant gives arguably his best performance here. Nicholas Hoult & Toni Collette are both strong also. There are several touchy subjects and each of the characters have their own struggles. But the humour is perfectly pitched. There are many heartwarming moments in this film, but in particular the scene with Grant & Hoult together on the school stage is undeniably touching.
Rated 17 Jul 2015
7
82nd
Nicholas Hoult outshines Grants acting, in the way that Hoult embodies the image of a child looked in psychological trauma due to his mothers instability. However, Grant and Hoult manage to play off each other well.Toni Collette's depiction of a mother with mental illness, makes the film for me. Her portrayal is utterly crushing,perhaps a little too familiar. In no way is this movie perfect, but the reality behind the narrative far outweighs the cheese.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
81
55th
Great film, nice adaptation of the book. Actually liked Hugh Grant here, that's kind of special.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
83
75th
Happy romance.
Rated 28 Dec 2006
85
55th
delightful and charming, like grant himself.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
83
84th
Clever, fresh perspective
Rated 04 Mar 2007
91
88th
Great use of voice-over.
Rated 07 Mar 2007
30
0th
A movie that truly feels forced and as though it is trying so hard to be something that it isn't and teh result is a thoroughly unentertaining film.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
72
57th
A Nick Hornby novel perfectly translated to the big screen by these Weitz fellows (who have otherwise directed shit), featuring Hugh Grant in what I consider his greatest role. The soundtrack is fantastic, and this is the first film I saw that I remember Nicholas Hoult from.
Rated 08 May 2007
91
84th
One of my favorite books adapted into one of my favorite films.
Rated 25 Jun 2007
83
91st
Hugh Grant is excellent at a reluctant father, and the duck scence is the best ever!
Rated 28 Jun 2007
81
48th
Though I like the soundtrack better then the actual movie, this film is actually pretty decent.
Rated 02 Aug 2007
73
51st
While I don't like Hugh grant much he does have a certain appeal after a while. The developing relationship between his character and the boy's is quite cute. Again bit of a feel good movie - but aren't all Hugh's movies feel good?
Rated 04 Aug 2007
92
93rd
This is the film people who don't like Hugh Grant like Hugh Grant in. The scene where Toni Collette confronts him in the restaurant is just terrific.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
One of Hugh Grant's best roles. Between his puppy dog face and his interaction with the boy, you are in for a heart warming treat.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
31
5th
He only makes one kind of movie, and this is one of that kind.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
74th
Grant's dark, callous, post-fellatio persona is a joy to watch, and weirdly revealing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
79th
Very endearing
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
77th
A touching tale of two "islands" and their collisions which effect each other's lives.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
66th
I have a weakness for Working Title comedies starring Hugh Grant. I'm an anglophile, and I love wittily written movies about smart attractive complicated people. And no one plays a cad better than Grant. Toni Collete is also brilliant.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
Oh Hugh Grant... give it up will you? Or at least stop your producers from releasing your films in North America. (If you like romantic comedies it's not THAT bad. There... I said it. Happy?)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
87th
Great characters -- Hugh plays a cad very well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
19th
pretty ok
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
75th
My favorite Hugh Grant romantic comedy ...since they are all pretty similar. If you needed to only see one, this would be it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
69th
Really good performance by Grant as a darker character than usual and an interesting soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy make a quirky adaptation of Hornby's novel.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
33rd
Hugh Grant is such a bastard.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
77th
Cosy, crowd pleasing modern Britcoms have a tendency to wear me out, but this is one of the better examples, with some bite as well as plenty of genuine laughs. Grant is on smashing form - I always prefer snarky or oily Hugh to befuddled um, um, er… bugger Hugh - and he had great chemistry with little Nick Hoult. Nobody - NOBODY - could have predicted the latter day heartthrob status for which the latter, all eyebrows and nerdy sweaters, was headed.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
21st
didn't fulfill it's potential
Rated 15 Aug 2007
67
48th
A cute movie that didn't follow the book well enough to my liking.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
55
16th
OK romantic comedy. Arrested development is explored. I can just look in a mirror if I want to do that.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
80
41st
very sweet movie that tells the story quite well
Rated 19 Aug 2007
70
57th
Funny, touching. Standard Hugh Grant.
Rated 31 Aug 2007
25
26th
ok
Rated 15 Sep 2007
75
79th
Better than average comedy/drama is very well directed and acted, mainly by Grant who takes his usual persona to a stronger level.
Rated 09 Oct 2007
70
61st
The interaction of Grant with the young Nicholas Hoult is very good and fun, bringing some of the best moments of the film.
Rated 08 Nov 2007
10
1st
For the missus in the house only.
Rated 12 Jan 2008
13
8th
Nothing wrong with doing nothing, from an existentialist perspective.
Rated 02 Feb 2008
65
40th
I'm sure Marcus is an endearing 12 year old schoolboy, but sometimes he borders on the edge of irritation and annoyance.
Rated 07 Feb 2008
92
95th
Great performances by Collette and Hoult. A very pleasant movie that I have seen probably too many times. I love it.
Rated 26 Feb 2008
70
53rd
This romantic comedy passes... mostly because Grant is way more likable as a cynical loner than a stammering pretty boy.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
87
53rd
Lovely.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
85
45th
I remember liking this movie, even though it wasn't always cheerful the touches of humor and compassion made it worthwhile.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
30
10th
Every hugh grant movie is like the same.. wtf
Rated 05 May 2008
51
23rd
A story about a self-absorbed cad .. why did they pick Mr Grant I wonder ? If the book was bad then the film was worse ! I liked the popcorn though.
Rated 05 May 2008
50
35th
Has a few laughs.
Rated 15 May 2008
75
48th
Maybe the best thing about it was the soundtrack.
Rated 17 May 2008
82
81st
an awesome adaptation of an awesome book, that combined with a great soundtrack and comedy sensibilities makes this one of grants best efforts.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
9
93rd
I think I'm one of the only people who doesn't mind Hugh Grant at all. He is good in this and lives somewhat of a dream life which I enjoy seeing. Rachel Weisz is adorable as ever and they have good chemistry. Check it out.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
80
46th
Hugh Grant's movies dont normally appeal to me, but this one I found suprisingly enjoyable.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
11
9th
I loved Hugh Grant looking stupid so that the kid didn't but the rest of it was lame.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
90
71st
One more great story of us
Rated 23 Sep 2008
85
84th
Hugh Grant is great in this one. But I think it's more a comdey than a romance.
Rated 04 Dec 2008
50
32nd
Surprisingly I found this funny, engaging an touching in places.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
70
21st
One of Hugh's better movies in my books, solid characters, some good humour.
Rated 30 Dec 2008
40
25th
meh
Rated 30 Dec 2008
75
39th
Endearing and heart-felt with a soundtrack to match, About a Boy captures the manchild growing up with Hugh Grant acting charming as always and the newcomer young actor who does a delightful job at being quixotic and endearing.
Rated 06 Jan 2009
83
81st
Cute movie.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
75
74th
Anti hero movie.
Rated 12 Feb 2009
70
40th
Very light, in a good way.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
92
55th
Suprisingly good
Rated 18 Feb 2009
4
71st
"Admirably lacking in sentiment, this is a comedy-drama with a steady supply of laughs. Those who thought Grant's performance was the best thing in Bridget Jones should enjoy his turn here. It's just a shame the supporting cast don't match him gag for gag."
Rated 19 Feb 2009
76
47th
A bit bland here and there, but Hugh Grant is quite fun at times.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
55
63rd
Grant is a douche yes, but I still find the movie charming...at least it was a romantic comedy with only one and a half douches.
Rated 31 Mar 2009
40
68th
"...what makes About A Boy so refreshing is the surprise factor - surprisingly funny, surprisingly unsentimental, surprisingly enjoyable."
Rated 09 Apr 2009
50
67th
Amusing comedy about the beginnings of masculine maturity, at its best when not taking itself too seriously.
Rated 20 Apr 2009
42
3rd
Be sure to take your insulin first.
Rated 29 May 2009
93
87th
A winning comedy that benefits from Hugh Grant's boyish charms.
Rated 06 Jun 2009
100
99th
Awesome. Movie.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
75
63rd
had a few good laughs with this one
Rated 17 Jun 2009
74
75th
A movie with Grant that I can finally enjoy. Some of the scenes are great filmmaking, like the cringeworthy singing and the whole part of the mother is a bit embarrasing to watch until it becomes dead serious.
Rated 29 Jul 2009
88
92nd
Very funny, very well acted, nice story. Don't think I've got anything bad to say about this movie
Rated 31 Jul 2009
46
34th
Likeable.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
81
35th
kind of meh.
Rated 24 Aug 2009
95
0th
changes your perspective about being selfish
Rated 25 Aug 2009
80
75th
Even funnier than the novel it's based on.
Rated 10 Sep 2009
72
44th
Watched it years ago but I still remember liking it
Rated 29 Sep 2009
91
97th
Oh, the English.
Rated 04 Oct 2009
80
57th
Like a chick flick, but with boys.
Rated 09 Oct 2009
75
34th
A bit smarmy and uneven. I enjoyed it once, but wouldn't pay to watch it again.
Rated 10 Oct 2009
80
75th
Really liked this. Grant was great I thought. Funny and intelligent. Well done!
Rated 26 Oct 2009
85
84th
An underrated and brilliant comedy.
Rated 08 Nov 2009
79
68th
The moment on the stage was moving. This kid is great.
Rated 27 Mar 2010
85
55th
Funny script based on Nick Hornby novel.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
55
8th
The book is amazing, the movie is not.
Rated 24 Jun 2010
49
49th
Revisited (2)
Rated 07 Jul 2010
80
66th
Charming and sweet
Rated 04 Sep 2010
30
17th
Sentiments because of the book, Grant is grand, really enjoyed his performance.

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