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Pick of the Week[Editor's Note: Instead of both of us giving repetitive reviews of everything we watched for an episode, from now on we'll each pick one movie, good or bad, on which we'd like to elaborate. They will be our Picks of the Week.]
Rachel's Pick: About a Boy
I'm not sure how I managed to miss this film for the last decade, but it's truly a gem. It's the story of obnoxious man-child Will (Hugh Grant), who decides to meet women at a single parents support group. In the process he meets Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), a young boy who develops a strong attachment to Will and ends up teaching Will that growing up isn't so bad. Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz round out a fantastic ensemble cast as Marcus' mother and Will's eventual girlfriend, respectively.
What really struck me about the film was the lack of melodrama often present in a dramedy of this nature. In order to succeed in the single parents' group, Will must lie about having a child. However, when the woman he winds up dating finds out the truth later, it's not muddled into a painfully sappy scene. It's simply dealt with in a mature manner and everyone moves on. And About a Boy is full of moments like this, so there is plenty of awkwardness, but a lot of truth to how it's being shown, making it far less predictable than if it had been turned into a cheesy Hollywood rom-com
On a separate, but totally related note, I also took part in the latest episode of The Demented Podcast, discussing fairy tale movies (Ladyhawke and MirrorMask) with Nick and Steve, as well as the latest LAMBcast discussing The Hunger Games with Dylan, Nick and Dan. You can also find them on iTunes.