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Boosting ‘A Better Life’

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / July 19, 2011

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Director Chris Weitz stopped at Kendall Square Cinema on Sunday to promote his new film, “A Better Life.’’ He’s supposedly on vacation, but he said his promotional tour is just as important as his R&R. “I decided I have to do everything I can to help this movie,’’ he explained. Unlike his most popular movies (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon’’ and “About a Boy’’), Weitz’s quiet tale of an immigrant trying to build a life for himself features a cast of unknowns - no Robert Pattinsons or Hugh Grants. “I’ve never seen a better script before,’’ he explained of his decision to make the film after a string of huge movies. “It wasn’t like, ‘Now I’ve gotta make my meaningful movie about poor people,’ ’’ he said. Of course, we had to ask Weitz about “Harry Potter.’’ After all, “The Deathly Hallows: Part 2’’ broke Weitz’s “New Moon’’ record for highest single-day gross for ticket sales. He said he doesn’t have any hard feelings. “Harry Potter has been kicking my [rear end] all over town,’’ he laughed. “I’ve gotta tip my sorting hat to them.’’

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