Will Hermes
May 03, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

About a Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/17/02
performer
Toni Collette, Hugh Grant, Isabel Brook, Nicholas Hoult, Rachel Weisz
director
Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Producers
Tribeca Productions, Working Title Films
distributor
Universal
author
Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Badly Drawn Boy About a Boy (ARTISTdirect) Various Artists Chelsea Walls (Rykodisc) Both Jeff Tweedy (CEO of Wilco) and Badly Drawn Boy (a.k.a. Damon Gough) are alt-rockers who love subverting classic song structures, and they do just that on these auteurist soundtracks. For the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel, Gough nods to Henry Mancini and Devo with a mix of songs and themes balancing obsessive craft with flippant style. Tweedy’s fragile guitar abstractions ground Ethan Hawke’s often-pretentious Chelsea Walls; the CD, with two Wilco outtakes, is Tweedy’s own little film, vague but haunting. B+

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