Friday, November 01, 2019

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... 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. 

Anyway one other good reason not to go back and re-watch the movie now is all of the filthy sexual feelings I have now for the now all-growed-up Nicholas Hoult -- it's always strange, being transported back to the time before all this happened, after the jump...


tony libido said...

Holds up really really well. Only downside is reconciling lusty thoughts of NHoult 2019 with the Boy on screen

remy said...

Yeah, I saw it again a couple of months ago and, gladly, it holds up well. Any negative view on Fiona comes from Will's perspective, which the screenplay makes sure we see him as shallow and immature.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if people dressed like this in the UK in the 90s or early 00s but honestly in Australia it felt like everyone did I literally knew 8 women who were totally this character at the very least aesthetically. For a very long time I forget that Toni Collette was not just a friend of such n such's and it was a nice feeling.

shaun said...

Yep, agree with those folks -- watched a couple months back and marveled at how well it has held up. In fact, the treatment of interesting female characters still feels like one of its strengths!