About A Boy

Cast
Will: Hugh Grant
Marcus: Nicholas Hoult
Rachel: Rachel Weisz
Fiona: Toni Collette
Universal Pictures presents a film directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz. Written by Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. Based on the book by Nick Hornby. Running time: 100 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for brief strong language and some thematic elements).

Central Theme
Everybody needs relationships and in a family you need at least three so you always have a backup.

Story
Will Freeman, is a self-absorbed 38-year-old Londoner living well off the royalties from a hit Christmas song penned by his father. Financially set, Will’s life consists of shopping for CDs, having his hair “professionally disheveled, exercising, eating out and hitting on women. His love life is an unbroken succession of flings; none lasting longer than two months. He finds happy hunting in the land of single moms, but is more than aware that connecting with their kids holds no satisfaction or interest for him.

While angling after a single mom he meets at S.P.A.T. (Single Parents, Alone Together) he becomes connected with Marcus. Soon Will finds himself taking on some ¢â‚¬Ëœfathering’ duties when 12-year-old Marcus’ mom tries to take her own life. What begins as a reluctant and distant relationship with Marcus turns into a caring one despite Will’s determined efforts to remain unattached.

The revelation that his single, self-absorbed life is unfulfilling becomes complete when he meets Rachel, and truly desires to commit despite the fact that she has a twelve-year old son.Unfortunately, he has he entered the relationship under the false pretense that he too has a son (Marcus). Will reaches his defining moment when he must decide if he will continue life as a blank or start filling in the blanks with a real life.

This film is witty and substantial at the same time in a Four-Weddings-and-a-Funeral kind of way, and while it raises the right questions about today’s unattached, me-only lifestyle, and actually reaches some wonderful conclusions, ultimately it creates the impression that our spiritual void can be filled with human relationships alone. To extend the message to the truth, the storyline would reveal that we need community with each other, and two or three is better than one, but a truly complete life also involves restoring relationship with God.

Beliefs num
–One is the loneliest number.
–With two you don’t have a back up if one of you has a problem.
–Couples aren’t the future because you need at least three.
–A full life requires stepping outside your self and making a commitment.
–A boy needs a man in his life.
–The single life may seem full but it is lacking.
–No man is an island.
–Productive work, purposeful activity, is important even if you don’t need the money.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Is there a movement away from singleness towards marriage, and from marriage towards having children? Should there be?
–Can a single parent raise a child as effectively as a married couple?
–Is life alone truly ultimately empty?
–Can restoring the joy of human relationships without rediscovering a relationship with God bring true and complete joy?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Him I regard as the anti-Christ.
==Will regarding his nephew.
–What is the point of your life?
==Will’s sister to Will.
–No you got that wrong, I really am this shallow.
==After his sister says, ¢â‚¬ËœI always thought you had more depth.’
–This is the Will show and it is not an ensemble show. The whole single mom thing was a bit complicated for the storyline and me.
==Will realizing his life is adding more players to the “Will show.’
–It’s a bit hard to love me when you’re dead isn’t it?
==Marcus to his mom after she tries to take her life.
–Two isn’t enough. You need a back up. You need at least three.
==Marcus conclusion after mom tries to take her life.
–That’s the problem with charities. You have to mean it. To help people you have to mean it.
==Will beginning to realize his shallowness has shortcomings.
–No man is an island.
==Will’s sister.
–I’m taking time off from time off. The interesting thing about me is that I don’t do anything.
==Will to Rachel when they first meet.
–I was in deep trouble and there was only one person who could help.
==Will needs Rachel to think he has a son and solicits help from Marcus.
–For a moment I loved him, really loved him.
==Will about Marcus.
–Shouldn’t you tell her the truth?
==Marcus innocently offering advice to Will.
–You are right. I really am a blank. I’m really a nothing.
==Will in a low point confessional to Rachel.
–My life is made of units. Records, 3 units, lunch 3 units, exercise, 2 units. I have a very full life, except there was one thing that mattered. Me.
==Will beginning to face the unpleasant truth about his life.
–I’m a guy who is really good at helping you choose records or shoes; I can’t help you with real things.
==Will confessing his limits to Marcus, when Marcus has a serious problem.
–There is nothing you can do to make her happy. She’s got to make herself happy.
==Will coming through for Marcus after all.
–This is for my mom.
==Marcus before singing ¢â‚¬ËœKilling her softly’ at the rock concert.
–I created a monster or he created me.
==Will reflecting on life a year later.
–I don’t think couples are the future. You need a back up.
==Marcus reflecting on life a year later.

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