... you can learn from:
About a Boy (2002)
Fiona: I can understand why you're angry, Marcus.
But I don't feel the same
as I did yesterday, if it's any help.
Marcus: What? It's all gone away? All that?
Fiona: No, but, for the moment, I feel better.
Marcus: The moment's no good for me.
I can see you feel better at the moment.
You just put the kettle on.
What happens when you finish your tea?
What happens when I go back to school?
I can't be here to watch you all the time!
A happy birthday to our beloved Toni Collette today! Has anybody watched About a Boy lately to see if it's held up? I haven't seen it in fifteen years and think it's surely worth a revisit but if it's going to depress me, it having not held up, I might not go back -- I like my vague warm feeling towards the film as is. Reading through some of the mother's quotes and the disdain directed towards her -- not for having attempted suicide but for being a crunchy granola type, I mean -- make me worry the film might be one of those movies from its time (a la American Beauty) that are negatively aggressive towards its main female character in order to raise up her opposite male counterpart.
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