Tonite in the Greek theatre, they showed Hugh Grant's new movie "About a Boy". Ever the slightly helpless grown-up boy, Grant actually managed get lost on the short distance between Hotel Timeo and the Greek theatre, where he was awarded a prize before the screening started (the Taormina Arte Diamond Award, which is "a precious tennis bracelet with diamonds in it" according to the press material).
Directed by the Weitz' brothers (notorious for "American Pie"), this is an adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel by the same name. Grant is cast perfectly as Will, a thirty-something who starts out as self-centered, womanizing convinced bachelor, but finds himself nearly leading a family life at the end of the movie. This is caused by a life-changing encounter with a nerdy young boy (played by Nicholas Hoult in his debut movie) who convinces Will that caring for others is not as bad as it seems. All this may sound a bit like pushing traditional values, but the movie is quite funny, and, of course, very British.
Back to Taormina BNL FilmFest Diaries
Suggestions? Comments? Fill out our Feedback Form.