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About a Boy

April 26, 2002 | Universal Pictures | 101 minutes
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz | Written by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Peter Hedges | Literature: Nick Hornby | Cinematography: Remi Adefarasin | Editing: Nick Moore | Costume Design: Joanna Johnston | Production Design: Jim Clay | Music: Badly Drawn Boy
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: 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 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

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