Most of us have uttered this familiar refrain: The movie is never as good as the book. About a Boy flies in the face of that maxim. Adapted from Nick Hornby's acerbic and keenly observed novel about an unlikely friendship between a fatherless boy and a self-absorbed cad, About a Boy is that rare film that's as clever and moving as the book on which it was based. We've seen plenty of movies that follow the letter of the plot but miss the whimsy and spirit of the writer.
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