"No man is an island," poet and preacher John Donne wrote in the early 1600s. Well, maybe not an island, but perhaps a personal pleasure cruise nowadays? Our "stuff" has helped us cut our moorings with those around us. About A Boy is a film about two disconnected people-two "islands." One is a self-centered, affluent man who is disconnected from others by choice and by means. The other is a troubled, outcast boy who longs for healthy connections with others but can't find them. Interestingly, the man's self-absorbed, pleasure-cruise lifestyle intertwines with the boy's, leading to transformation and community for both.
This study will help you discuss the themes and questions raised in About a Boy. How do the cultural values of isolation and affluence affect us? How are incarnation and human transformation related? What's the place of community in our disconnected society?
• Movie Summary
• Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*
-Isolation and Affluence
-Sacrificing for Others
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Acts 2:42-47)
• As the Credits Roll
About A Boy (Universal, 2002), rated PG-13.
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