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Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

Summary: Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish carnal needs. It is in this capacity that Will meets Marcus, as one of Will's single mother conquests, Suzie, is friends with the Brewers. Trying to escape his life but wanting Will to date Fiona, Marcus infiltrates Will's life, much to Will's chagrin. Will slowly begins to realize that Marcus is more than just a nuisance, but rather someone who needs some guidance navigating through the trials of adolescence and the trials of dealing with a suicidal mother, and perhaps he can be a small part of providing that direction. Conversely, Marcus may be able to show Will the path to becoming a real adult.
Runtime: 101 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some thematic elements.
Production: Universal Pictures
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Countries: USA, Germany, UK, France
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jan 14, 2003
Director Credit
Chris Weitz Director
Paul Weitz Director
Writer Credit
Chris Weitz Screenplay
Nick Hornby Novel
Paul Weitz Screenplay
Peter Hedges Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Hugh Grant Will
Cast Credit
Ben Ridgeway Lee, The Bully
Christopher Webster Ellie's Friend
Jordan Cook Imogen
Joseph Speechley Barney
Laura Kennington Ellie's Friend
Madison Cook Imogen
Natalia Tena Ellie
Nicholas Hoult Marcus
Nicholas Hutchison John
Peter McNicholl Ellie's Friend
Ryan Speechley Barney
Sharon Small Christine
Tanika Swaby Ellie's Friend
Toni Collette Fiona
Producer Credit
Brad Epstein Producer
Debra Hayward Co-Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Hardy Justice Co-Producer
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Liza Chasin Co-Producer
Lynn Harris Executive Producer
Nick Hornby Executive Producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes Co-Producer
Robert De Niro Producer
Tim Bevan Producer
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