Wednesday, September 3, 2014
About a Boy by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, 2002 (PG-13)
About a Boy is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. Hip, irresponsible Londoner Will invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings to find available women. But when Will meets the troubled 12-year-old son of a depressed single mother, a quirky and unexpected friendship blooms.
What is so interesting about this movie is the fact that the main relationship is not based on family ties or romantic feelings, and that makes it almost unique. It is not completely a friendship either, since the relationship between the boy and Will has a responsibility to it, which sometimes shifts depending on who might be wiser on the topic, most of the time the kid. It is also a story of misfits, definitely has a romantic twist to it, and it is funny, which helps the movie to be a blockbuster, but also an intelligent drama. And the soundtrack from Badly Drawn Boy is great.
with Hugh Grant (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Two Weeks Notice, Cloud Atlas), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, A Single Man), Toni Collette (Hitchcock, Enough Said, The Hours, Little Miss Sunshine), Rachel Weisz (The Whistleblower, The Deep Blue Sea, The Bourne Legacy, 360, Dream House, Constantine, Agora), Isabel Brook, Victoria Smurfit, Sharon Small, Augustus Prew (Charlie St. Cloud), Natalia Tena, Nicholas Hutchison