Review on "About a Boy"

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"About a boy"

Starring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hault

Directors: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz

"About a Boy" is written and directed by Paul and Chris Weitz, the directors of American Pie. The producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are the men responsible for Bridget Jones's Diary and it is based on Nick Hornby's best selling novel 'About a Boy'.

Using a solid plot and good choice of actors About a Boy provides an enjoyable 100 minutes. The novelist, Nick Hornby seemingly wrote the Will Freeman Character with Hugh Grant in mind. The characters in this film are likeable, the plot is straightforward and there is a fairly consistent sense of humour.

Hugh Grant plays Will Freeman, a 38 year old boy who has never worked in his life and he is proud of having not done much of anything and is in no hurry to settle down: he is not interested in a serious relationship.

Will refers to himself as an island. He divides his days into units: Watching TV, buying records, exercising ... He wants nothing more than meaningless sex and he finds out that the best way to this is by dating needy, divorced single women with a child. Delighted with his new discovery Will joins a divorcee help group. But then a tragic event inhabits his island for good with Marcus, a 12 year old boy who decides that will might be the perfect man for his emotionally disturbed, clueless hippie suicidal mother, Fiona (Toni Collette).

There is nothing original about this movie as it's a typical older man meets younger boy and they both teach each other about life lessons. The movie focuses more on Will and slightly less on Marcus so instead of a deeper look...