About A Boy. Image shows from L to R: Will Freeman (Hugh Grant), Marcus (Nicholas Hoult)
About A Boy

About A Boy

  • 2002 film

Film based on Nick Hornby's novel about a bittersweet friendship built up between a cynical, selfish man and a bullied 11 year old boy. Stars Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Rachel Weisz, Victoria Smurfit, Toni Collette and more.

About A Boy. Image shows from L to R: Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), Will Freeman (Hugh Grant)

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2002
Stars
Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Rachel Weisz, Victoria Smurfit, Toni Collette, Natalia Tena and Augustus Prew
Writers
Nick Hornby and Peter Hedges
Directors
Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
Producers
Tim Bevan and Lynn Harris
Companies

Will is a thirty-something bachelor who spends his life luxuriating in the bliss of having nothing to do; Marcus is an 11 year old boy who is bullied and scared about his mum's mental health. Thrown together by a series of lies and scheming on Will's behalf, they build up a curious friendship.

From Marcus' influence, Will begins to change his ways and proves to everyone that he is not worthless.

Additional details

Tagline
Growing up has nothing to do with age
UK certificate
12
Duration
97 minutes
UK cinematic release
Friday 26th April 2002
Box office
£16,387,798
Production
Studio
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Badly Drawn Boy provides nearly all of the music for this film.

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 14th February 2021 at 11:20pm on Comedy Central
  • Thursday 11th February 2021 at 11:00pm on Comedy Central
  • Saturday 4th July 2020 at 9:00pm on Comedy Central

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