About a Boy
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Will is a 36-year-old underachiever with a fear of commitment that leads him to seek out relationships with single mothers, on the assumption that they are more desperate. However, plans go awry when he befriends with Marcus, the weird 12-year-old son of his latest target. Soon, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will finally to grow up.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even people who don't usually like Hugh Grant will be charmed by him in the scrappy, slightly scandalous comedy About a Boy."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Will is a flintier, more sarcastic and impatient character than we've seen Grant play, yet there's a core of decency about him."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"If the story gets dangerously thin, Grant is pretty well flawless. And Collette, always good, is heartbreakingly believable."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"Genuinely funny and moving, this is both an endearing examination of masculinity and a challenge to male isolationism."
‑ Lorien Haynes, Radio Times
"About a Boy is an amusing film, full of bright lines and clever observation."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a tearjerker, and at its best the movie is knowing and tart."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"About a Boy is truly a love story, with dialogue and a story line that's both pop and universally timeless, which is gold for moviegoers."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Grant's puckishness has become overly packaged; what's new about him here is his spiky hairdo. This movie is built on an actor as well as a character who is too intent to be on his best behavior."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"This charming coming of age comedy, a tale with heart and social message, offers Hugh Grant his best role to date."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This is a pleasingly skewed Britcom that can be watched with mates or the other half. And, boy, is it funny."
‑ , Total Film
"Grant, seeming to get better the further he's allowed to extend his range, delivers a terrific central performance, as acerbic but more complex than his sexy snake in Bridget Jones."
‑ Sheila Johnston, Screen International
"Thankfully, this film is grounded and has a firm sense of reality and is consequently more affecting for it."
‑ Daniel Saney, Digital Spy
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