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I expected schlock, sugar and smaltz, not so! I LO

on 5/6/2012

What a pleasant surprise this movie was! I avoided seeing it for awhile because of so many negative or so-so reviews I'd read and also because a friend told me the book was "sentimental and corny". But the movie was very believable and I can't help thinking that the only people who could fail to be moved by it would have to be hard-core cynics. Haley Joel Osmont proves his acting chops yet again (after his acclaimed his role in Sixth Sense), playing a middle-school student named Trevor who has a troubled home life, an alcoholic mother and an erratic, wayward father. When his new teacher, played by the superb Kevin Spacey, gives an imaginative class assignment, daring the students to "change the world" Trevor takes his homework to a new extreme, changing not only his life but that of his teacher. While parts of this movie do challenge the viewer's ability to suspend belief and seem somewhat unreal, it is a rare treat to see such a trio of talented actors come together for such a worthy idea. Don't be surprised to find yourself reaching for the tissues while watching this movie. I came to it with negative preconceptions and reluctance and was surprisingly moved and heartened by watching it. This is one I plan to buy and add to my permanent collection, worth seeing again and again

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Studio Warner
SKU 212121390
UPC 883929091256
UPC 14 00883929091256
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on a best-selling novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde and boasting the star power of two Oscar winners and a young nominee--Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment--PAY IT FORWARD spins a heartwarming yarn about an 11-year-old boy who comes up with an utopian idea as a project for school. History teacher Eugene Simenot (Spacey) offers the same ongoing extra-credit assignment he has proffered every year: Come up with an idea that will change the world. However, he expects nothing more from his students than halfhearted efforts that fall far shy of their mark. Simenot is therefore unprepared for precocious, irrepressible Trevor McKinney (played with wide-eyed wonder by Osment), who conjures up a stunning scheme. Trevor suggests the concept that every person who benefits from someone else's good deed should "pay it forward," instead of paying it back, and in turn offer favors to three other people. The first guinea pig for Trevor's experiment is his overworked, imperfect mom (Helen Hunt) for whom he tries to find a boyfriend.^Director Mimi Leder, best known for such powerful thrillers as DEEP IMPACT, imbues the solid script of PAY IT FORWARD with a more grandiose aura. However, it is the movie's triumvirate of heralded stars--Spacey, Hunt, and Osment--that propels this compelling yarn.
New York Times "...[Ms. Hunt's] performance is vunerable, direct and without vanity..." 10/20/2000 p.E12
USA Today "...Haley Joel Osment proves that his intuitive Oscar-nominated effort in THE SIXTH SENSE was no fluke..." 10/20/2000 p.6E
Total Film "...Osment easily holds his own, supplying some praiseworthy interplay with both Spacey and Hunt..." 02/01/2001 p.83
Sight and Sound "...Moving....Touches of the unexpected....[Hunt] builds on the streetsmart/vulnerable persona she established in AS GOOD AS IT GETS..." 03/01/2001 p.58
Mimi Leder
Haley Joel Osment
Helen Hunt
Kevin Spacey
Cast & Crew
Haley Joel Osment - Star
Angie Dickinson - Star
Helen Hunt - Star
Kevin Spacey - Star
Jon Bon Jovi - Star
Jim Caviezel - Star
Jay Mohr - Star
Leslie Dixon - Producer
Catherine Ryan Hyde - Source Writer
David Rosenbloom - Editor
Mary McLagen - Executive Producer
Jonathan Treisman - Executive Producer
Thomas Newman - Composer
Steven Reuther - Producer
Oliver Stapleton - Director of Photography
Peter Abrams - Producer
Robert L. Levy - Producer
Leslie Dilley - Production Designer
Mimi Leder - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
UPC 00883929091256
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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