About a Boy
Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) has been fairly successful in avoiding attachments. As a wealthy, 38-year-old bachelor in London, he’s happy having lots of girlfriends. But he’s always on the prowl for more conquests. To meet more women, Will invents an imaginary son and joins SPAT, Single Parents Alone Together. Before long, he’s involved with Suzie (Victoria Smurfit) and her friend Fiona (Toni Collette). Fiona has a 12-year-old son, Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), who really wants a dad. To Will’s dismay, Marcus adopts Will as his father figure and pesters him until they become friends. As Will is drawn into Fiona’s circle of family and friends, he’s amazed by his enjoyment of involvement and begins to see some meaningful purpose in his life. Will’s antics and dating maneuvers are hilarious and the film has plenty of clever dialogue. “About a Boy” will appeal to those looking for light entertainment and laughs.
The story’s portrayal of the joy found in friends, family and responsibility is tragically marred by considerable obscene and profane language, as well as much sexually suggestive humor and dialogue. Although Will’s promiscuous lifestyle is portrayed humorously, it’s eventually shown to be shallow and unfulfilling. Because of his relationship with Marcus, Will matures a great deal and realizes he wants to make something positive of his life. No actual sex scenes or nudity are shown, but the film’s vulgar language is particularly offensive, since young Marcus and his schoolmates utter much of it. Too bad this meaningful story is seriously polluted with the foul language and crude sexual content found in many movies these days.