"I was in some strange territory. Was I frightened? I was petrified."
I usually enjoy watching these types of heart-warming British comedies, and About a Boy is certainly no exception. This one has a lot more heart than some other comedies I've seen over the years, and the great cast certainly help the film majorly.
Hugh Grant plays Will, a 38-year-old underachiever who is out of work, has a fear of commitment and starts a sudden obsession with dating single women. While attending a single parents gathering group, he meets Fiona (Collette) and her son Marcus (Hoult). Will's life is altered after Fiona attempts suicide, and Marcus feels that Will should marry her so he won't have to put up with her depression issues. Marcus and Will strike up a close friendship, and they both learn a thing or two about life while helping each other through their respective life problems.
Hugh Grant, although pretty much playing these types of characters all the time, is in good form and is quite hilarious at times. Young Nicholas Hoult delivers a questionable performance at times, but he's far from horrible.
I had not seen this film for a long time, and now that I've finally seen it again I rather liked it a lot more the second time around. I guess age has a lot to do with tastes in movies. The film is very charming, well made, and is quite side splitting at times as well.
British comedies are usually of varying quality, but About a Boy was a really good movie. The laughs are all over the place, the film is brightly told, and the cast is great. Makes for a great night out at the movies!