Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Drama


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A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.


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  • Mimi Leder in Pay It Forward (2000)
  • Haley Joel Osment stars as Trevor McKinney
  • Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment in Pay It Forward (2000)
  • Helen Hunt stars as Arlene McKinney
  • Haley Joel Osment in Pay It Forward (2000)
  • Haley Joel Osment stars as Trevor McKinney

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3 May 2004 | grahamclarke
Despite the shortcomings - well played and at times inspiring
I remember leaving the cinema, feeling very much let down by the end of "Pay it Forward". Watching it recently on television I find myself far more forgiving since it's a movie with a sincere and important message, expressed with conviction. The quasi-religious ending probably will appeal to many, but from an artistic viewpoint, it seems unnecessary and not entirely suited to the tone of the film up to that point.

Kevin Spacey is effective as the suppressed, sensitive teacher, while Helen Hunt is terrific, despite the role being far too close for comfort with her "As Good As It Gets" character. But it's Hailey Joel Osment's wonderful portrayal that gives "Pay It Forward" much of its power. He simply is perfect for the part. (Good to see Angie Dickenson, braving it in the role of a homeless alcoholic).

At its best, this is a film which may just do the impossible: inspiring one to good deeds, without expectation of reward or remuneration. That alone is a substantial achievement.

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