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#149564 - 04/08/07 02:53 PM "About a Boy" starring Hugh Grant
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Registered: 08/07/06
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Loc: TX
Another movie I rented very recently, this one shows the dynamics of what happens when a child feels responsible for his mom's happiness....she is often depressed and crying, too self-involved to notice her son befriends an older man (Hugh). Her son and Hugh hang out together, (thank goodness he's not a sex offender), Hugh buys him new shoes and things... and eventually Hugh confronts the mother for not getting her head out of her butt to notice how miserable her son is. In the end, Hugh is forced to tell the son, "You can't make your mother happy, not in the long run. It's up to her to make herself happy. Because if other people can make you happy, then they can make you unhappy." Just a good film, funny, and insightful about the inherent needs of a little boy. Also, Hugh's own parent was an alcoholic (there's a flashback he has) and Hugh himself in this movie is very shallow, "emotionally stunted," as he put it, unfeeling. He has a time of reflection toward the end and realizes his life is materially rich yet completely empty. It ends well though.


It were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
Luke 17:2

#149656 - 04/08/07 09:42 PM Re: "About a Boy" starring Hugh Grant [Re: Brokenhearted]
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I liked that film as well, and I so felt for the boy's struggle to find a man to bond with. He clearly wanted what all boys want and need: to be special, wanted, important, and loved. And yes, the film so clearly illustrated how vulnerable a boy in that position is.

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Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
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#151185 - 04/16/07 11:46 PM Re: "About a Boy" starring Hugh Grant [Re: roadrunner]
Logan Offline

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 1368
Loc: NY
I liked that movie when I saw awhile back

I also love a song from the sountrack its called "Delta(little boy blues" by badly drawn boy its a really great song and makes me feel like akid again although a happy kid.


"Terrible thing to live in Fear"-Shawshank Redemption
WOR Alumnus Hope Springs 2009
"Quite a thing to live in fear, this is what is means to be a slave"
-Blade Runner

#154408 - 05/04/07 08:02 PM Re: "About a Boy" starring Hugh Grant [Re: Logan]
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Registered: 04/21/07
Posts: 376
Loc: Michigan
My family love this film so much, we bought it on DVD.

My name is Joe. I am a survivor and a good man. You can count on me.


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--Wind In His Hair, Dances With Wolves


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