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”About a Boy”

Cast: Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette and Nicholas Hoult
Director: Chris and Paul Weitz
Novel written by: Nick Hornby
Script writer: Peter Hedges, Chris and Paul Weitz
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance, Comedy and Drama
Running time: 105min.

Review: The movie is mainly about 36 year old Will Freeman and 12 year old Marcus Brewer. Will is a so called island which means that he wants nothing to do with family related things; all he really wants is relationships without any form of commitment, he therefore goes to a club for single parents called S.P.A.T. There he meets a woman that he likes, but to be with her he makes up that he has a two-year old son named Ted. When he revels that it was a lie to get close to her, she immediately breaks up with him.
Will's keeps on courting and the woman (Suzie) takes him to one of the group's picnics where he meets Marcus the son of Suzie's friend, Fiona. At the picnic, Marcus accidentally kills a duck with piece of bread while he is trying to feed it. When a park ranger asks him about it, Will defends Marcus by saying that the bird was already dead. Afterward, when Will and Suzie take Marcus home, they find Fiona, his mother, in the living room, on a pill-overdose trying to commit suicide.
Marcus gets uncomfortable with being at home with his mother; therefore he tries to get Will to date her. After only one date this plan fails so Marcus starts following Will around and discovers that Will doesn’t have a child and has been lying about being a single parent. Marcus then blackmails Will into having him around at his apartment after school instead of just going home.
Will is at first against Marcus spending time at his place, but then Marcus is chased there one day by bullies. He starts helping Marcus fitting in by taking him shopping for new shoes. Unfortunately, the shoes are stolen by bullies, causing a fight among Marcus, Fiona, and Will. At school, Marcus gets a crush on a girl named Ellie. At the same time Will begins a relationship with a single mother named Rachel. Will lets Rachel believe that Marcus is his son in order to appear interesting to her. Later, in an attempt to be honest with her, he reveals that Marcus isn’t really his son, but his lie backfires and they break up with each other.
One day, Marcus comes home from school, to find his mother crying in the living room. Marcus tries to tell Will, who is in a state of not carring after the breakup with Rachel. Will tells Marcus that he can't help him and the two have a fight. Marcus decides that the only way to help his mother is to sing at the school variety show.
Will continues his superficial life, but feels that it doesn't fulfill him the way it used to. Will goes to a SPAT meeting and meets Fiona not, she assures him that she has no plans to kill herself in the forthcoming future and also tells him that Marcus has decided to sing at the school show, which is held that day. Will and Fiona rushes to the school to stop Marcus from “committing social suicide”. Will finds Rachel in the school audience watching her son in the show.
Will then makes his way backstage to stop Marcus from singing, but Marcus believes that his singing will make his mother happy. Marcus proceeds to sing a very bad version of "Killing Me Softly" and the student body teases him. Suddenly, Will appears on the stage with a guitar to help Marcus for the rest of the song. With Will's help, the children give him mild applause at the end. Seeing this, Will continues on with an unnecessary solo to take the negative attention off of Marcus.
The following Christmas, Will hosts the party at his place where Marcus, Rachel, Rachel's son Ali, Fiona and Ellie are present. The idea of Will marrying Rachel is brought up, but Marcus seems unenthusiastic. Marcus has become a younger version of Will at the start of thee movie.

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