Being a 12-year old boy with no friends and a suicidal mother can be rough, but being a 38-year old playboy that lives off of royalty checks can be even worse. Together, though, they may be able to make a difference. That's the theme of "About a Boy," one of the best movies of 2002.
There are people that don't like Hugh Grant for some reason or another. Some say he plays the same character in every movie; others say that he is just sleazy. Regardless, he's good at what he does and he chooses his films wisely (look at "Notting Hill," "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Two Weeks Notice"). "About a Boy" is no different; while it isn't overly powerful, it is one of the funniest movies of the year, and the humor is intelligent.
Grant plays his typical self, a stuttering oaf that doesn't know quite what to say and isn't always the smartest when it comes to knowing what to do. After dating a single mother that puts out like no other, he gets it into his head that sleeping with single mothers is a good idea in general, so he goes to single parents' help group pretending to have a two-year old. Through a variety of events, he ends up befriending this 12-year old boy named Marcus, who gets picked on at school and has no friends. His mom dresses him like a tree and gives him presents like the tambourine for Christmas.
Basically, "About a Boy" is just hilarious. Even my friends that didn't like Hugh Grant thought it was great. The movie has so many great lines and incidents that it would be truly challenging not to enjoy. The commentary from Will and Marcus are so dead-on in their representation of how guys think, and the reaction of the women is equally exact.
"About a Boy" is not your standard chick flick. In fact, it hardly is; there is very little romance. It is one of the funniest and most enjoyable movies of 2002.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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