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.