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Book Into Film – About a Boy
August 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
About A Boy
About a Boy is a 2002 coming of age movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name. It is about two boys, Will a 36-year-old bachelor, and Marcus, an introverted, bullied 12-year-old with a suicidal mother. Will never has to work thanks to the royalties from his father’s hit song so he has a lot of spare time, most of which is spent smoking, watching TV, listening to music, and looking for female companionship.
After his relationship with a single mother ends, Will decides to attend a single parents group as a new way to pick up women. He invents a two-year old son named Ned in order to participate. It is at one of these single parents meetings he comes to know Marcus and his suicidal mother and a friendship develops. Will helps Marcus fit into the modern world and Marcus helps Will learn to take life and relationships more seriously.
About A Boy stars Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz. It was co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Actors Hugh Grant and Toni Collette were nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award, respectively, for their performances.