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About a Boy (2002)

Coming Out at 26 April 2002 in theaters.

Comedy, Drama, Romance

About a Boy is romantic comedy-drama film directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz and written by them and Peter Hedges. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. The film stars Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, and Rachel Weisz. The film at times uses double voice-over narration, when the audience hears both Will’s and Marcus’s thoughts.

The film was theatrically released on 26 April 2002 by Universal Pictures. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Actors Hugh Grant and Toni Collette were nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award, respectively, for their performances. The film received positive reviews from critics and it earned $130.5 million on a $30 million budget.

Will Freeman lives a serene and luxurious lifestyle devoid of responsibility in London thanks to substantial royalties left to him from a successful Christmas song composed by his father. In an attempt to meet single women with children (who Will believes have low expectations in the men they date), Will begins attending a single parent support group, where he falsely states that he has a two-year old son named Ned. He meets an attractive woman named Suzie in the group, and during a planned play-date with her, he meets Marcus, the son of Suzie’s friend Fiona, who was unexpectedly brought along by Suzie. Will gains Marcus’s interest and trust after he lies to a park ranger to cover up for Marcus accidentally killing a duck by throwing his mother’s cottage loaf at it. Afterward, when Will and Suzie take Marcus home, they find Fiona in the living room, overdosed on pills in a suicide attempt.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Writers: Nick Hornby (novel), Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz


Hugh GrantWill Freeman
Nicholas HoultMarcus Brewer
Sharon SmallChristine
Madison CookImogen
Jordan CookImogen
Nicholas HutchisonJohn
Ryan SpeechleyBarney
Joseph SpeechleyBarney
Toni ColletteFiona Brewer
Natalia TenaEllie
Laura KenningtonEllie’s Friend
Tanika SwabyEllie’s Friend
Peter McNichollEllie’s Friend
Chris WebsterEllie’s Friend
Ben RidgewayLee
Jack WarrenLee’s Sidekick
Russell BarrMaitre D’
Isabel BrookAngie
Orlando Thor NewmanAngie’s Kid
Paulette P. WilliamsBitter Ex-Girlfriend
Fritha GoodeyBitter Ex-Girlfriend
Susannah DoyleBitter Ex-Girlfriend
Delma WalshBitter Ex-Girlfriend
Jonathan FranklinMark
John KamalNicky
Tessa ValeClass Teacher
Lorna DallisonWoman in Supermarket
Bethany MuirChild in Supermarket
Bruce LawrenceHusband in Supermarket
Joyce HendersonMoira / SPAT
Jenny GallowayFrances / SPAT
Janine DuvitskiCaroline / SPAT
Sue HyamsSPAT Woman
Maggie KahalSPAT Woman
Lynn AskewSPAT Woman
Beverly MilwardSPAT Woman
Danielle HarveySPAT Woman
Anna Maria Credenzone PhilipSPAT Woman
Sarah KingSPAT Woman
Susan GhamsarySPAT Woman
Edna JohnsonSPAT Woman
Victoria SmurfitSuzie
Frog StoneMothercare Shop Assistant
Buddy HunterFamily Member in Mothercare Car Park
Kristine PerrinFamily Member in Mothercare Car Park
Nathan Perrin-HunterFamily Member in Mothercare Car Park
Rachael Perrin-HunterFamily Member in Mothercare Car Park
Amy CravenSuzie’s Baby Megan
Rebecca CravenSuzie’s Baby Megan
Sidney LivingstonePark Keeper
Cathy MurphyNurse
Joanne PetittHairdresser
Jason SalkeyAmnesty International Worker Tom
Annabelle ApsionAmnesty International Worker
Matt WilkinsonAmnesty International Worker
Peter RoyWill’s Dad
Matthew James ThomasCandy Thrower
Aaron KeelingCandy Thrower
Scott CharlesCandy Thrower
Claire HarmanSkechers Shopgirl
Sian MartinCute Waitress
Mark DrewryClive
Denise StephensonLindsey
Rosalind KnightLindsey’s Mum
Rachel WeiszRachel
Murray Lachlan YoungNew Year’s Eve Party Guest
Augustus PrewAli
Alex KewSimon Cosgrove
Mark HeapMath Teacher
Sunanda BiswasDef Penalty Kru
James Marshall-GunnDef Penalty Kru
Jamie MayerDef Penalty Kru
Korede ObashjuDef Penalty Kru
Roger BrierleyMr. Chalmers, the M.C.
Stefan PejicApple Thrower
Henry AllanTribute Band Member
Macéo BhardwajSchool Boy (uncredited)
Gillian Evans Lexicographer (archive footage)
Tim Rice(archive footage)
Chris Tarrant(archive footage)
Carol Vorderman(archive footage)
Richard Whiteley (archive footage)
Stuart Wood

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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