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About a Boy directed by Paul and Chris Witz is a romantic comedy based on the bestselling novel written by Nick Hornby The main character is 38-year-old bachelor Will Freeman winningly portrayed by Hugh Grant who does not work living off the royalties of a famous Christmas song written by his late father and who after meeting a 12 year-old Marcus excellently played by young Nicholas Hoult discovers the need for companionship and love Thanks to the excellently adapted script we are shown a group of characters with real emotional depth and the themes of love loneliness family and fear of commitment are all presented sensitively and hilariously The film centres on Will who spends his days buying CDs and clothes watching TV having his hair styled and dating with women How do people manage to fit in a full-time job he wonders He has no interest in long-term relationships with women He comes to realize that single mothers are perfect targets so he joins a local single-parent help group and poses as a single dad His lie is a cause of many hilarious moments such as when he buys a baby car seat for his car and then makes it look reliable by spraying it with mustard and crushed potato chips He starts seeing an attractive blonde who in turn introduces Will to 12 year-old Marcus whose single mother Fiona Toni Collette is a depressed former hippie Will befriends Marcus who has his hands full of problems ranging from steady taunts by school bullies to his mothers attempted suicide When Will finally meets Rachel Rachel Weisz a woman he truly likes he turns to Marcus to help him develop a more meaningful relationship with her than his usual shallow short-lived affairs About a Boy is a wonderful character-based comedy All actors are perfectly cast Grant gives an immaculate comic performance and gets to display Wills cadness to perfection slouching posture smirk and callow look
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