What's the Difference between About A Boy the Book and About A Boy the Movie?


About A Boy

Released: 1998
Author: Nick Hornby

About A Boy

Released: 2002
Director: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
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Will Lightman
Will Lightman
Portrayed by: Hugh Grant
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   The relationship between Ellie and Marcus is explored much more in depth
   the band Nirvana is featured heavily. Ellie is in trouble for wearing the jumper, Will introduces them to Marcus, Cobain's suicide. They are not featured in the movie - Marcus listens to rap instead.
   The ending of the book has Marcus traveling when Kurt Cobain kills himself. Ellie is upset and throws a rock through a record store front window displaying a picture of Kurt Cobain because she thinks they are exploiting his death. The police pick up Marcus and Ellie for their crime. Marcus sings "Killing Me Softly" at school to cheer his mother up. He is being booed, and Will joins him while playing the guitar to make it seem somewhat cool. He takes it too far in the end to take the bulk of embarrassment off of Marcus.

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