About a Boy
Will Freeman (played by Hugh Grant after changing his floppy hairstyle) is a hip, single guy living a luxurious London lifestyle, when he starts coming to the realisation that his married friends all have different priorities and he’s falling out of their circles.
He begins attending a support group for single parents, where he invents a two-year-old son as a way to meet single mothers. On one date he meets Marcus (Nicholas Hoult before becoming a regular in the X-Men franchise). Marcus attempts to fix Will up with his suicidal mother to cheer her up, but things don’t go to plan.
Will’s carefree bachelor lifestyle unexpectedly becomes interrupted when Marcus starts showing up at Will's place. Marcus, looking for a father figure and a way to avoid being bullied at school starts becoming part of Will’s daily life, ultimately leading Will to a selfless act in front of a school auditorium.
The romantic comedy drama covers topics such as micro-scheduling your life, the need for flexibility, thinking beyond ourselves, sharing with and caring about others, and also about growing up.
It was nominated for best adapted screenplay at the Academy Awards; based on a Nick Hornby book, who also wrote Fever Pitch and High Fidelity. It was also adapted into a TV show.