About a Boy
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About a Boy

A self-absorbed man and a troubled boy develop a transforming friendship.


"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?

Discussion Guide

• Movie Summary

• Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*

-Isolation and Affluence
(Amos 6:1-7)

-Sacrificing for Others
(John 1:1-14)

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Acts 2:42-47)

• As the Credits Roll

Based On

About A Boy (Universal, 2002), rated PG-13.

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