Yes, on occasion I like stuff like this. Lump-in-throat, life-type stuff with cute kids and lessons to be learned about interpersonal communications and how we're all connected and blah, blah, blah. So long as they star Hugh Grant (because face it, kids, he's just so wonderful to look at), and so long as they're done outside the formulaic box. Which describes About a Boy perfectly. The filmmakers were smart to follow the book by Nick Hornby nearly to the letter because Nick Hornby is wonderful, too. As a writer, I mean. I have no idea what he looks like.
Anyway. This is good. Watch it one day when you want to feel better about the world and the people in it.