‘About a Boy’ review

“About a Boy” — This is the latest film adapted from a novel by witty Brit Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity”). Featuring Hugh Grant as a 30-something layabout, “About a Boy” features even more of Hornby’s wry humor than “Fidelity,” and great backing music by Badly Drawn Boy. Eschewing the book’s subplot about Kurt Cobain and a pretty dire ending, directors Chris and Paul Weitz wrap this film up in their own clever way.

—John Hansen, NDSU Spectrum, Aug. 27, 2002