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Running Time:
101 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Hilarious deleted scenes; Feature commentary with directors Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz; Exciting music videos by Badly Drawn Boy; "Santa's Super Sleigh" lyrics to the entire song; Spotlight on location: the making of About a Boy; English to English dictionary; DVD-ROM features.

About a Boy
This is your consummate feel-good film about finding one’s place in an imperfect world. It isn't expensive stereo equipment and regular hairstylings, Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) is shocked to learn after being dragged kicking and screaming into a long-belated coming-of-age. The wealthy bachelor has this epiphany after coming up with his misguided carousing strategy. But when 12-year-old Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), the emotionally vulnerable son of one of Will’s conquests’ friends, concocts a scheme of his own, Will finds himself in the last role he wanted - father figure. We may have already seen Hugh Grant as a charming but callow cad and Toni Collette as a quirky, unstable mom of an outcast boy, but both add dimension and nuance to what could have been stereotypes as shallow as Will so eagerly professes to be. And who wouldn't be charmed by Hoult’s angelic optimism, preternatural wisdom and immense sensitivity. An older looking Grant somehow has added dimension to his boyish good looks. His face is now a bit drawn, and everything about him is now leaner and spikier (including his hair), but it's not just his surface that's more virile; the nervousness is gone, too. He's grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism but losing the stuttering mannerisms that were once his signature. In doing so, he has blossomed into the rare actor who can play a sleaze with a hidden inner decency. This role might just bring him a nomination next year at Academy Award time. And despite the aw-shucks subject matter, the film with it's sharp mix of humor and honesty, directed by Chris & Paul Weitz who have far surpassed their ealier "American Pie" efforts, has proven to be a favorite with all audiences.

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