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Hugh Grant unexpectedly bonds with Nicholas Hoult in the comedy About a Boy.
Marcus turns to Will for adult companionship. Will is out of his element here and the story gets pretty involved, but suffice it to say, no surprise, Will grows to care about Marcus. As they grow closer – with Marcus troubled by his crush on a girl at school – they help each other see their lives more clearly. And Will's innate goodness actually does surface.
It's good to have Hugh Grant back in his element; he makes the movie a lot of fun to see. He's particularly funny in his self-deprecating scenes; for example, "You've always had that wrong; actually I am quite shallow."
Nicholas Hoult is the young actor who plays Marcus. He's quite good as the youth who drags the reluctant Will into adulthood, as Will tries to help him cope with adolescence.
About a Boy is an old story, but with a few new twists, an excellent script and a perfect Hugh Grant it is thoroughly enjoyable.
About a Boy is at the Harkins Sedona 6 Theater.