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About a Boy

Release date: April 26, 2002
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Written by: Peter Hedges, Chris and Paul Weitz
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robert De Niro...
Running time: 101 minutes

Will Lightman (Hugh Grant) is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will's hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus (Nicolas Hoult) and his suicidal single mom Fiona (Toni Collette), in many ways his complete opposite.

Cast & Characters

Hugh Grant (Will Freeman), Toni Collette (Fiona Brewer), Nicholas Hoult (Marcus Brewer), Sharon Small (Christine), Nicholas Hutchison (John), Ryan Speechley (Barney), Joseph Speechley (Barney), Natalia Tena (Ellie)

Production Notes

As Will describes web-based research as a “unit of time” in his day, he is seen typing the URL supermodelswithseethroughtops.com. This is actually an active Web site consisting of only a picture of the Pope, Pope John Paul II, in his “Pope-mobile”. In Ali’s room you can see a flag for the football (soccer) team Arsenal. Nick Hornby, author of the book on which the movie is based, is a die-hard Arsenal supporter.

Awards & Nominations

  Boston Society of Film Critics – Best Supporting Actress
☆   British Academy Award – Best Supporting Actress
☆   Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards – Best Supporting Actress
☆   Seattle Film Critics Awards – Best Supporting Actress
☆   Toronto Film Critics Association Awards – Best Supporting Actress
☆   International Online Cinema Awards – Best Supporting Actress
☆   Golden Satellite Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical