*** Official "ABOUT A BOY" Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Scott Weinberg, May 16, 2002.

  1. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

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    In a brave (and IMO smart) move of counter-programming, Universal is releasing the "warm & fuzzy" comedy About a Boy against Attack of the Clones. It worked a few summers back when Hugh Grant made some solid coin in Notting Hill while The Phantom Menace was running rampant.
    The main difference is that About a Boy is a much better movie than the fairly entertaining Notting Hill. I'll have a review up tomorrow, but I wanted to post a solid recommendation for this one. It's funny and sweet, but not manipulative and trite. Hugh Grant is extremely funny, he has a solid handful of actresses working alongside him (most notably Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette) and newcomer Nicholas Hoult is completely believable as a slightly odd adolescent.
    Most important, it's damn funny.
    Nobody loves big-budget explosions and dazzling effects more than yours truly, but watching this low-key "people movie" was a great balance to all the "gee-whiz" flicks I've been seeing lately.
    If you were on the bubble about this one, go see it. To my knowledge, About a Boy also earns the Jason Whyte seal of enthusiastic approval as well. [​IMG]
     
  2. Nick Sievers

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    I don't think it comes out here for a while but i've had interest in this film for a while now, it has been recieving some good reviews as well. I was a fan of Notting Hill and will be in line at the theatre to check this one out. I just wish AOTC wasn't the only film being released in my theatre for the next couple of weeks.
     
  3. BrianB

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    Have to say, I'm more keen to see this film this weekend than Attack of the Clones. I simply love the book & have been eagerly looking forward to the film since the positive UK reviews.
     
  4. Anthony_J

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    Never saw Notting Hill and this kind of movie isn't usually my bag, but Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors. I'll definitely see this one (unless I can't convince my girlfriend to come with, in which case I'll wait for the DVD).

    One question - the plot climax in the book was fairly period specific. Did they retain that for the movie or take some liberties with the story?
     
  5. BrianB

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    AFAIK, Anthony, it's got the same time setting. I haven't heard anything otherwise.
     
  6. Jason Whyte

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    Damn, Scott beat me to it. I seriously was going to post a thread on this this morning to make sure all you guys get out to see it as well this weekend.l

     
  7. Dana Fillhart

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    Mmmm....Rachel Weisz [​IMG]
    Yep, gonna have to see this one...
     
  8. Jason Whyte

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    "Mmmm....Rachel Weisz"
    If it gets you to see the film, why not. [​IMG]
     
  9. Dana Fillhart

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    (off-topic...)
    Hey Jason,
    I'm moving out to Seattle at the end of May -- one of these summer days we'll have to get together! You can then introduce me to your lovely new friend, miss Julia Stiles! [​IMG]
     
  10. Damian James

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    Ah finally a film where Hugh Grant isn't a bumbling romantic fool! I think he's a good actor but the nice guy act was getting thin. I'd personally like to see him as the evil mastermind in some thriller. I'll definitely be seeing About A Boy.
     
  11. Robert Crawford

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    This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "About A Boy". Please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.
    All HTF member film reviews of "About A Boy" should be posted to this thread.
    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
    Crawdaddy
     
  12. BrianB

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  13. Lee Scoggins

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    Just saw it tonight - Fantastic!
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Very much captures the feel of modern London and its singles scene.
     
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    Just saw it last night...very funny

    Good job, Hugh.
     
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    My girlfriend and I did a double feature of About a Boy and Attack of the Clones yesterday... and I would say that I enjoyed both of them equally. A very, very good movie and I look forward to the DVD release. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I'll tell you that it's the best film of the year so far. I say this as an admitted Nick Hornby fan who hadn't read the book since it was released. (Thus, some of the changes didn't stand out as I'd forgotten, although the exclusion of the Kurt Cobain stuff is obviously missing.)

    Terrific ensemble performances and sharp writing, not to mention a very good directorial job in balancing the demands of all the characters and storylines. Proof that mainstream films don't have be lowest common denominator to please the masses.
     
  17. BrianB

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    I've seen a few reviews complain about the 'double voiceover' technique. Have to say I thought it worked fine - Hornby's books are tricky to convert as they have a LOT of internal dialogue, which is always a pain to translate to the 'big screen'.

    I thought About A Boy handled it well.
     
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