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  Boy Scouts of America - BSA - National Council
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 Fact Sheet: What Is Boy Scouting?
Boy Scouting is a program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests, all designed to achieve the BSA's objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness and good citizenship.
Boys are encouraged to earn money whenever possible to pay their own expenses, and they also contribute dues to their troop treasuries to pay for budgeted items.
Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting.
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  "About a Boy" - Salon
Love is all around in "About a Boy," but it's tucked into the nooks and crannies between wicked wisecracks, cruel-to-be-kind words and lots of eye-rolling.
More specifically, "About a Boy" is about the way human beings trade information and observations and feelings with one another, and about how others can sometimes make you see your way toward being the person you didn't even know you wanted to be.
Without being churlish or mean, "About a Boy" shows us how hard it is for parents to grow up, too, suggesting that letting your child become his or her own person might be the final and most important (not to mention the most difficult) act of shedding your own childhood.
dir.salon.com /story/ent/movies/review/2002/05/17/about_a_boy/index.html   (973 words)

 About a Boy (2002) - Ninth Symphony Films Review
based on nick hornby's best-selling novel, about a boy is the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.
About A Boy is about real human relationships against the backdrop of regular present day living.
The premise of this film: young boy teaching a grown man how to grow up, might be regarded as too simplistic, or unoriginal, but somehow, the combination of fine performances and a better than average script work to create a film whose message is welcome, rather than obnoxious.
regencylady.tripod.com /site/filmreviews/aboutaboy.html   (1023 words)

 About a Boy (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel, About A Boy is the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy more
If one chooses to use such a situation toward altruistic ends, or at the very least a venture that can provide some personal fulfillment, it says something about who that person is. On the other hand, if one squanders the opportunity on a totally self-absorbed, shallow existence, it says even more.
Entertaining, as well as insightful, `About A Boy' gives a truly fresh perspective to an element of the human condition that has been explored before, but rarely as effectively.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0276751   (1009 words)

 USATODAY.com - 'About a Boy' has singular charm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Adapted from Nick Hornby's acerbic and keenly observed novel about an unlikely friendship between a fatherless boy and a self-absorbed cad, About a Boy is that rare film that's as clever and moving as the book on which it was based.
About a Boy is about a boy who is lonely and fatherless.
About a Boy is a rarity in many ways.
www.usatoday.com /life/movies/2002/2002-05-17-boy-review.htm   (471 words)

 About a Boy
About a Boy is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, whose other books, High Fidelity and Fever Pitch, were also made into films, so it has a good pedigree.
About a Boy seems like romantic comedy fodder, but surprisingly (and wisely), the Weitz's downplay the Rachel character, choosing to focus on Will and Marcus.
By the end of About a Boy, everything wraps up nicely as movies like this always do, but the difference here is that it feels good, not forced.
www.haro-online.com /movies/about_a_boy.html   (725 words)

 About a Boy : filmcritic.com Movie Review
In About a Boy, Hugh Grant appears to be playing, well, Hugh Grant, a guy with dashing good looks who gets by on his inheritance and his incredible charm.
But About a Boy is also filled with enough mixed messages and wholly unbelievable character transformations to try even the most patient of viewers.
Altogether, About a Boy stands out against more juvenile fare like Spider-Man and the new Star Wars as one of the only "adult" stories to be found of late on the big screen.
www.filmcritic.com /misc/emporium.nsf/84dbbfa4d710144986256c290016f76e/26a3ec31be32310a88256bba0008c77e?OpenDocument   (579 words)

 About a Boy - Badly Drawn Boy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
About a Boy is filled with songs and short score cues, but unlike the eclectic selection usually expected and David Newman stuck writing 30 seconds of orchestral bits, the songs and score cues are all by the same group.
I don't honestly know much about Badly Drawn Boy, although based on their work here, they are write tuneful, sometimes witty songs and have penned some enjoyable instrumentals.
There's a time and a place for this kind of thing and About a Boy is just that time and place, you'd need a band of considerably more dramatic caliber to write for something less lightweight, but for now, this will do just nicely.
www.soundtrack-express.com /osts/aboutaboy.htm   (555 words)

 About a Boy (2002): Reviews
About a Boy is about a man (Grant) -- a handsome, rich, shallow, self-absorbed, irresistible cad -- and the unexpected relationship he develops with a boy he meets while trying to pick up another boy's mother.
About a Boy knows exactly what it wants to do: It wants to make you smile, and grin, and then laugh with recognition, and it manages all three, again and again.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of About a Boy is how substantial it plays -- as a feel-good film with weight, a knowing comedy with dramatic depth.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/aboutaboy   (1407 words)

 Movie Review - About a Boy - www.ericdsnider.com - The Official Website of Eric D. Snider
"About a Boy" takes the shopworn premise about a shallow adult whose life is changed by a child, and infuses it with irresistible humor and life.
"About a Boy" is not afraid to take its serious points seriously; in fact, it uses the ups and downs of life to ground its humor in reality.
These are characters we care about and relate to; the fact that they speak with flair and wit makes them funnier, but no less human.
www.ericdsnider.com /movies/about-a-boy   (586 words)

 About a Boy
"About a Boy" establishes Will and Marcus by intercutting between their lives until it brings them together.
We're never really sure what she's so depressed about and her self-absorption is off-putting (although necessary in order for Will to develop).
"About a Boy" is truth in advertising - Hoult holds this together with Grant as his sidekick.
www.reelingreviews.com /aboutaboy.htm   (637 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: About a Boy: Books: Nick Hornby   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
About a boy of nick hornby is a very funny novel that plays with people's fears and their typical clishes.The humorous author tells a story about an excludet child called Marcus (=Beerly) and an adult called Will.
And "About A Boy" is one of his best novels, with its sensitive looks not only at male fears, but at how they relate to women and children.
Postmodern Peter Pans and precocious preteens are at the heart of "About A Boy," Nick Hornby's sensitive look at the sexes and their children.
www.amazon.co.uk /About-Boy-Nick-Hornby/dp/0141007338   (1945 words)

 About a Boy: Cinephiles Movie Review
Meanwhile, as Marcus tries to detach himself from the unhealthy environment of his home and the pressures at school, the boy begins seeking Will on a daily basis, until the annoyed bachelor succumbs, letting the boy into his trendy home and his guilt-free life.
Still, About a Boy builds its comedy successfully by observing Will's initial inability to handle Marcus, and by emphasizing the innocence with which Marcus judges Will's extreme idleness.
In spite of the film's ability to exploit Grant's magnetism, About a Boy is most winning not when it plays with Will's disinterest in love, but when it examines Marcus' need for it.
www.cinephiles.net /About_a_Boy/Film-Synopsis.html   (483 words)

About a Boy is laughter in the dark'
But he knew this: if a girl and a boy met, and they didn't have a boyfriend or a girlfriend, and they both looked all right, and they didn't mind each other, then they might as well go out together.
They'd been watching a programme on TV about the family, and some silly fat Tory woman said that everyone should have a mother and a father, and his mum got angry and later depressed.
www.penguin.co.uk /static/cs/uk/0/minisites/nickhornby/books/aab_extract.html   (539 words)

 About A Boy - Press Conference Streams
About A Boy was written by Nick Hornby and published in 1998 to critical and popular acclaim.
Now, About A Boy is a film, starring Hugh Grant (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill), Toni Collette (Sixth Sense, Muriel’s Wedding), Rachel Weisz (Enemy At The Gate, The Mummy), and newcomer Nicholas Hoult.
About A Boy is released by UiP on April 26.
www.contactmusic.com /new/home.nsf/webpages/aboutaboyx24x04x02   (354 words)

 About a boy
Lycurgus, the ancient Spartan ruler, said that no boy could be a good citizen if he hadn’t slept with a man. In fact, he supposedly passed a law requiring all adult men to engage in a relationship with a young boy.
While they’re not often talked about, such intergenerational desires are actually fairly common, as far as sexual “perversions” go.
Furthermore, it’s very difficult for researchers to contact young boys in such relationships, because obviously they are usually kept secret (or at least, not advertised).
www.ipce.info /library_3/files/about_a_boy.htm   (2093 words)

 BBC - Manchester Music - Badly Drawn Boy - About A Boy
It's a question that Badly Drawn Boy has side-stepped with absolute brilliance, by taking on the soundtrack of the new Hugh Grant flick, About A Boy.
It's a question that the Boy with the hat will have to think of an answer to, as About A Boy is a hit and miss selection, although, in fairness, there are more hits than misses.
About A Boy is a clever move by Damon.
www.bbc.co.uk /manchester/music/2002/04/22/about_a_boy.shtml   (365 words)

 The Music Box: Badly Drawn Boy - About a Boy (Album Review)
Fans of Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy) were eagerly awaiting his follow up to the brilliant 2000 release The Hour of Bewilderbeast.
Gough is clearly influenced by the songwriting style of John Lennon as evidenced by the hit-worthy tracks Something to Talk About and Silent Sigh.
The About a Boy soundtrack is both a fantastic pop album and a solid companion piece to the extremely entertaining film.
www.musicbox-online.com /bdb-boy.html   (159 words)

About A Boy is about a man – a handsome, rich, shallow, self-absorbed, irresistible cad – and the unexpected relationship he develops with a boy he meets while trying to pick up another boy’s mother.
Boy sold more than one million copies in the UK alone and foreign rights were sold in more than 20 countries.
Although About A Boy marks his first leading role in a feature film, he has worked since he was eight in film, television and theatre.
www.movieweb.com /movies/download.php?id=159&q=notes.htm   (6373 words)

 Amazon.de: About a Boy. Film tie-in.: English Books: Nick Hornby   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Kaufen Sie jetzt diesen Artikel zusammen mit About a Boy.
Therefore "About a boy" is not only a novel for young people.
"About a boy" is not only a book, it can also be your personal "diary".
www.amazon.de /About-Boy-Film-tie-/dp/0141007338   (1921 words)

 AboutFilm.com - About a Boy (2002)
That's pretty much where we find him in About a Boy, in which the architects of American Pie, the Weitz Brothers, try their hand at British comedy with unexpectedly effective, and sophisticated, results.
Except for the climactic scene, About a Boy is based faithfully on the novel by Nick Hornsby.
About a Boy posits not just the usual usual romantic-comedy cliché that two is better than one, but it goes as far to argue that even two are not enough for happiness and meaning.
www.aboutfilm.com /movies/a/aboutaboy.htm   (975 words)

 The Popkorn Junkie :: A Beautiful Mind
Actually it is about a boy (Nicholas Hoult), his suicidal Mom, a man who reluctantly befriends him (Hugh Grant), and a buncha’ other people.
Marcus, the boy, is a seen as a total loser by his classmates.
When I first saw the trailers for "About A Boy", having never read the novel, I assumed Hugh Grant was the father to the boy when, in fact, he is just some guy who befriends him.
popkornjunkie.com /reviews/aboutaboy.html   (562 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: About a Boy: Original Soundtrack: Music: Badly Drawn Boy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
'About A Boy' is the follow up to Badly Drawn Boy's debut album 'The Hour Of Bewilderbeast', which was released in 2000, and is also the soundtrack to the film adaption of Nick Hornby's book of the same name.
I think Badly Drawn Boy are extremely talented as shown by the diversity of their music in all their albums.
I do not own any other Badly Drawn Boy albums, in fact I had never even heard of him before this album, so I couldn't say whether this is his best album or not, but it is definitely the best soundtrack.
www.amazon.co.uk /About-Boy-Soundtrack-Badly-Drawn/dp/B000062Y44   (1384 words)

 About a Boy | movies : ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Everything about him is leaner and spikier (including his hair, which has been shorn and moussed into a Eurochic bed-head mess), but it's not just his surface that's more virile; the nervousness is gone, too.
In ''About a Boy,'' Grant draws on, and deepens, his enjoyable performance as the seducer boss in ''Bridget Jones's Diary'' to play a new species of highly self-aware cad.
There's a certain dampening of excitement when you realize that ''About a Boy'' isn't going to be a contempo ''Alfie'' but, rather, one of those movies like ''Big Daddy'' in which a screwup is redeemed by his camaraderie with a kid.
www.ew.com /ew/article/review/movie/0,6115,237958~1~0~aboutboy,00.html   (938 words)

 Salon | Mothers Who Think: The single-mom scam
It shouldn't be a surprise, I suppose, to discover that at its heart "About a Boy" is about a boy, and Will's paternal affection for him.
"About a Boy" is fine stuff -- vital, true and droll -- while Hornby is clearly a literary performer who understands his own time.
If one dilemma in Hornby's world is men (and women) who are unable to transcend their own lack of imagination, another is that boys (and girls) spend too little time being young -- and try to make up for it later in decidedly awkward fashion.
archive.salon.com /mwt/feature/1998/05/11feature.html   (1536 words)

 Cinema Confidential Review: About a Boy (2002)
Adapted from the novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity), 'About a Boy' is the story of Will (Grant), a well-to-do London slacker who lives off his inheritance, watches T.V., dates a new woman every night, and basically nothing else.
The Weitz brothers, responsible for the 'American Pie' movies and the sappy teen melodrama 'Down to Earth,' have made enormous strides with 'About a Boy.' It is both extremely funny and at times, appropriately dramatic.
The brothers attended the screening of 'About a Boy' in Philadelphia and introduced the film much to the delight of the audience.
www.cinecon.com /reviews/aboutaboy.shtml?d=020521&n=6   (904 words)

 About a Boy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the film, see About a Boy (film); for the film's soundtrack album by Badly Drawn Boy, see About a Boy (soundtrack).
About a Boy is a 1998 novel by British writer Nick Hornby.
It is also the moving story of Will Freeman, an emotionally undeveloped man in his 30s coming to find meaning in his life, despite having never held a job and living off the sizable residuals of his father's one song, a one hit wonder about Santa Claus.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/About_a_Boy   (273 words)

 The Space Books Feature: Nick Hornby: About a Boy
What he did was write down his reminiscences, his feelings and thoughts about his passion, his mad, and at times illogical, passion for the Arsenal football club.
Nick Hornby was in Australia in late 1998 and spoke with Francis Leach about his writing, his mad passion for football and trying to make sense of it all.
FL: About a Boy basically revolves around the world of one thirty-six year old bloke named Will, who’s never worked a day in his life.
www.abc.net.au /arts/books/stories/s424255.htm   (2175 words)

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