Like "High Fidelity," About a Boy is based on a slight but effective novel by Nick Hornby that captured the thirtysomething male ethos with surprising accuracy. Unlike "High Fidelity," "About a Boy" stars Hugh Grant and winds up indulging in insultingly manipulative sentimentality. Superficial Will (Grant) lives a spoiled life thanks to royalty checks from a Christmas song his father wrote years ago. Hoping to meet women interested in meaningless sex, childless Will pretends to be a father at a support group for single parents. Instead, he finds himself teaching an unpopular child, Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), how to blend in at school--against the wishes of Marcus' suicidal mother, Fiona (Toni Collette). Credit "American Pie" directors Chris and Paul Weitz with trying something different and managing a few charming moments. Debit them for failing to develop their female characters as well as they do Will and Marcus; fully formed in the novel, Fiona here seems a skeleton of a woman, her passions for vegetarianism and social justice smugly mocked and simplistically linked to her depression.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.