I saw the movie with Hugh Grant a while ago. He's not my favorite actor. But after reading the book, I think he was well cast. He does well as a flat character stirred out of his complacency by another seemingly flat, 12 year old misfit. I guess if you look at anything and anyone long enough, they start to take on three dimensions. It's just harder to discern in some. I liked the awkward conversations and the characters all had a sort of honesty about themselves (honestly not really understanding what their own point is and whether that's important or not) that was very appealing.