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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:05 am    Post subject: About A Boy Reply with quote

There are many things I like about the movie, About A Boy. Firstly, an intelligent, genuinely witty screenplay , secondly , surprisingly touching performances from Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult , and thirdly , clever references to Haley Joel Osment !

I don't want to give away any spoilers here, but watch the movie and you will find at least 3 references to Haley and to one of his most highly respected film roles.

Worth buying on DVD ! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not the biggest Hugh Grant fan but I really did like this film also. I have a copy. It was a bit of a change for Grant too. He talks about it in the special features.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to check it out!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've finally had the chance to see About a Boy. I bought the DVD some while ago and played it tonight - and I really enjoyed it. Smile

Like Pazu, I've never been a fan of Hugh Grant - but in this film he's doing rather marvellous work. He is strangly likeable, as are most of the film's other characters. While at most a film of fun and comedy, the movie sure has a couple of touching moments. They worked rather well for me.

At least three Haley references? I am certain I have spotted two... And I think I got the third one. I don't want to spoil things for this movie, but I'll say the words Drama and Vegetarian. Wink I didn't catch the third one, after my first viewing. But perhaps it's Toni Collette's role? Smile

A recommended movie, most certainly. Funny, and touching as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busara wrote:

At least three Haley references? I am certain I have spotted two... And I think I got the third one. I don't want to spoil things for this movie, but I'll say the words Drama and Vegetarian. Wink I didn't catch the third one, after my first viewing. But perhaps it's Toni Collette's role? Smile


Hi Busara !

I'm so glad that you enjoyed About A Boy . It remains one of my favourite films . Drama is correct , and yes , Toni Collette is too. For the third, I would say, " Doorknob" Wink

Hmmm.... "vegetarian" ? Could there be a 4th Haley reference that I might have missed ? Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doorknob eh? Hmmmmmm... Sounds like another Sixth Sense thing, but I cannot remember any referring Doorknob-ish things in AaB... I'll have to check out the film again. I'm going through the DVD again anyway. Smile

And I thought maybe the whole vegetarian thing was also referring to Haley. But maybe I was pushing it, hehe. Because of the "Drama" / HJO remark, it became easy to see this as another 'reference'. He is into vegatarian stuff I believe, I remember it also being referenced in Secondhand Lions. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busara wrote:
Doorknob eh? Hmmmmmm... Sounds like another Sixth Sense thing, but I cannot remember any referring Doorknob-ish things in AaB... I'll have to check out the film again. I'm going through the DVD again anyway. Smile

And I thought maybe the whole vegetarian thing was also referring to Haley. But maybe I was pushing it, hehe. Because of the "Drama" / HJO remark, it became easy to see this as another 'reference'. He is into vegatarian stuff I believe, I remember it also being referenced in Secondhand Lions. Smile



Heh heh .... you missed the doorknob reference ? Never mind, that will give you another chance to watch the film . Wink

As for the drama remark , it's interesting to note that in Nick Hornby's original book , which was published in 1998 before it was turned into a film in 2002 , the drama remark could not have been , for obvious reasons, about Haley . Instead, another major young actor's name was used .

Can you guess who that actor might have been ? Smile Clue : he was a MAJOR star , but he never made his mark as an actor's actor as Haley has....
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you say Doorknob, I think Sixth Sense. Heh. But I cannot remember that reference in About a Boy. I'll make sure to see the film again soon, because you certainly made me curious.

As for the other young drama star, I really can't think of someone at the moment that had Haley's current skills. You really have to give me another hint. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:13 pm    Post subject: About a Boy Reply with quote

I have this film.I can't say it's a big favorite of mine but the kid has a beautiful singing voice-to hear the kid sing makes it worth seeing.If you like this,pict up The Choir from PBS-This mini series was very good and Anthony Ways voice is Angelic!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen this movie last year or so, I remember liking it, but I didn't think it was anything special, just an enjoyable feel-good movie.
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