U2 Pop Culture Database

About A Boy

Nick Hornby [High Fidelity (book)] and Peter Hedges [What's Eating Gilbert Grape; A Map Of The World] and Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz [Antz; American Pie]
Principal Cast:
Will.....Hugh Grant [White Mischief; The Lair Of The White Worm; Bitter Moon; The Remains Of The Day; Sirens; Four Weddings And A Funeral; Sense And Sensibility; Restoration; The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain; Notting Hill; Bridget Jones's Diary]
Fiona.....Toni Collette [Muriel's Wedding; The Pallbearer; Emma; Clockwatchers; The Sixth Sense; Hotel Splendide; Dinner With Friends; ]
Rachel.....Rachel Weisz [Stealing Beauty; Chain Reaction; I Want You; The Mummy]
Marcus.....Nicholas Hoult
Will is a single man in his 30s who has never had to work because of song royalties. He discovers that single moms are his ticket to a busy social life so he makes up the story of his own child in order to attend single-parent meetings. Then Marcus enters his life.

U2 Pop Culture Reference:
[Film time: about 38 minutes] Will has told Marcus never to come back to his flat. At the usual afterschool time, the doorbell rings. Will is listening to Zoo Station on the stereo. He turns it up. Marcus rings the doorbell again, Will turns up the song more. Marcus begins ringing the bell in time to the song, Will again turns it up. Marcus rings the bell in double-time until eventually Will opens the door flabbergasted.

Besides U2, is it worth watching?
Yes. It is very funny. There are voiceovers from both Will and Marcus that add rather than take away from the story. Grant is surprisingly good as a self-described empty person. The issues are real and not seen very often onscreen. Go see it.

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