About a Boy
Personal Lessons and Insights

January 19, 2003


Brief Plot Summary

A man gains a new outlook on life while trying to pick up single moms with a fake son.


Interesting Character

I found Will (Hugh Grant) to be an interesting character. In the beginning of the movie he is what many would consider a creep, lying, no morals, no goal in life. He firmly believed that "many men are islands", comparing life to a TV show where he was the main character and everyone else were just temporary guests. His view on life began to change however as he became closer to Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), something he had wished to avoid. He learned from Marcus' kind and unique views on life, and found that one's life value is often achieved by the effect they have on others. His new world view offered him friendships and joy that his previous never could have, as he reluctantly admitted that although he was still "an island" himself, he was then a part of a supportive "island chain".


Interesting Scene

The scene where Marcus began to sing at the school concert was memorable. Will, instead of leaving Marcus to suffer humiliation from his peers, accompanied him in the song. Will had learned that the effect his life and experience had on others was more important than his own solitude, and by putting forth some effort and sacrificing some of his own dignity, he was able to save Marcus' school social life. It was a small sacrifice to make for Will, but an enormous step in his own recognition for the feelings and well-beings of others. By taking such a relatively small action, Will saved Marcus years of grief.


Something this film made me think about.

This film was a good example of my belief that even the smallest of actions on our part can have a major effect on someone else. Often times just taking the time to show interest in another person is enough to encourage them, and let them know that somebody cares. The willingness to give of oneself to help another is one of the most admirable of traits among humans, and has elevated many to a position of honored status. Although I understand a reluctance to give too much of oneself (humans have a natural self-preservation instinct), I would argue that everyone owes the world at least an attempt once in a while to brighten someone else's attitude on life.

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Last Update: January 19, 2003