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About a Boy

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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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