About a Boy
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Hugh Grant plays the ever-so-cool Will – he’s an island, he’s Ibiza, he needs no-one in his life except himself. He has a series of short term relationships with women. Eventually he starts targeting single mums for dates, believing that they need the sex but not the long term commitment. But single mums turn out to be a little more complicated than he imagined.
He meets a very uncool 12 year old boy called Marcus, who drags Will kicking and screaming into his life with his depressed single mum, Fiona (played by Collette). Marcus is trying anything to cure Fiona and thinks Will could help. Will tries to stay out of their way, but he can’t, Marcus won’t let him. It seems as if Marcus needs him, but in the end, it’s Will who needs them more. He find some-one he wants to have a long term relationship with and realises that his island life is empty and shallow and he needs to let people in.
I have always loved this movie. Hugh Grant is excellent, as is Toni Collete. They are two actors who can rarely do wrong, especially when they play roles that suit them, like Will and Fiona. The script doesn’t introduce too many characters too quickly, so you have enough time to get to know each one. All the parts are meaningful, the comedy is subtle, it has a great soundtrack, and there is a solid rom com ending. This is one film that has always been worth having in the DVD collection.