Who would have thunk it. Making a TV series from a movie that's over a decade old. And British, at that. True, the primise has changed a bit . I think its a happier one, and there is David Walton to play Will and we have to wonder who the real boy is, after all..in the story.
Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) is one of those child actors who can convey a very old soul and yet he's quirky and of course, adorable.
|What a surprise to see Tony Hale as Marcus' father.|
I love Will's world and his quirky friends that he does not want Fiona to know nor befriend. And just when you think he's so darn selfish, he will go and babysit for a friend or take up for Fiona. It is a great role for Walton.
Its one of those shows I have to record every Tuesday night. I'll even watch in its time slot, but I like going back and watching it again too.
I was happy to see that NBC even did a little cross-over a few weeks ago, having PARENTHOOD'S (Dax Sheperd) Crosby come over to a poker night. Who knows, maybe Will can show up on a new season of Parenthood as(Lauren Graham) Sarah's new love interest if the show hits a rough patch. As it is Will has found a girl Adrianne Palicki who's a doctor ..always on call.
Storyline: Will Freeman lives a charmed existence. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus(Benjamin Stockham), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house, play ping-pong and gorge on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others.