About A Boy

American Humane Association did not monitor About a Boy, which was filmed in the UK. After screening the film and making inquiries based on concerns about certain scenes, AHA obtained animal action information from the distributor and production. AHA is rating the film Believed Acceptable based on this information.

  • Starring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Tachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult
  • Director(s): Chris and Paul Weitz
  • Producer(s): Tribeca Productions, Working Title Films
  • Screenwriter(s): Peter Hedges
  • Distributor: Universal Studios
  • Animal Coordinator: Animal Acting

Featured Animal Action

Dead Duck Day

Marcus feeds bread to ducks swimming in a lake. The ducks were from the Royal Park and are owned by HRH Elizabeth II. On orders by the Royal family, these animals are never to be touched or handled. In addition to these ducks, however, six fake ducks were placed in the lake for when Marcus throws the whole loaf of bread into the lake and hits a duck, killing it. The live ducks were not near the action for that part of the scene.

A company called Animal Acting supplied the fish that swam in the beautiful aquarium that was built into the wall in Will's flat. The aquarium was designed and built by the art department of the production. The fish were transported to and from the aquarium on the set in polythene lined, heated, aerated boxes.