About a Boy

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.

PG-13 2002 102 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 18+

I thought the movie was funny, but much different than what is written in the book. I was expecting to see more of the book in the movie, but that was not the case. I did like the ending in the movie more than I liked the ending in the book.

Be aware that there are sexual contents in this movie.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 13+

Sweet Family Movie

Known in my family as "Love Actually Lite" this film has all of the great elements of the aforementioned with much less objectionable content. It's a great stand-in for younger teens, but no less fun for people of all ages. About a Boy is just fantastic! The plot is sweet, quirky, and definitely "feel good." Perfect holiday film. As far as objectionable content goes, there is very little iffy stuff. There is an upsetting subplot involving depression and suicide, some raunchy moments, and lots of deceit and manipulation. There are clear consequences for wrong actions, lessons learned, and a feel-good ending, making About a Boy a win for teens and their families.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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