About A Boy (2002)


“You will end up childless and alone.” – Christine

“Well, fingers crossed, yeah.” – Will

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Oct 2004 and 8 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A local womanizer decides to pretend that he has a child in order to move in on unsuspecting single mothers.

My Take on it – This is a film that was made as Hugh Grant’s star was waning.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t work very well and remains quite unconvincing in the way it is presented.

The character does learn about about himself along the way, yet still isn’t able to give the viewer a satisfying story.

TH overall premise doesn’t manage to feel unique or clever enough here and there are lots of other films with similar themes that work much better.

Grant has terrible chemistry with any and all of his costars here and that also hurts things a lot since we would expect a story like this one to seem more plausible and realistic in the way it presents everything.

The supporting cast is fine and I do love seeing Nicholas Hoult in a role as a kid, but he’s still much more effective in his more grown up roles over the years.

Toni Collette and Sharon Small are both fine here, but neither really helps make things come across in a more convincing manner.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The shot of Will reflected in the mirror when he is depressed was actually taken when Hugh Grant was taking a break. The directors noticed him doing this and from behind he looked depressed, so they shot it without him knowing.(From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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