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9 reviews, 97 user ratings

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Pay It Forward
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by Clint Morris

"More wholesome than Christmas Dinner at granny's"
4 stars

Inspirational, touching, so flippin' enjoyable. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed sitting there and watching this 2 hour gem. Young Haley Joel Osment who stunned audiences with his performance in "The Sixth Sense", follows that up with another ripper performance, a role which could, very likely earn him another Oscar nomination.

I would also say the
same for Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, both fantastic.
This highly original movie centres around a young 11
year old named Trevor (Osment) who, along with his classmates,
are given, what they believe, is the toughest school
assignment ever. They are assigned to change the world
in some way, do something meaningul. "Thats weird", "Thats
hard" the kids cry. "Yes, but it's also possible" replies
the teacher, played with such brilliance by Kevin Spacey.
What Trevor comes up with is a movement called "pay it
forward" where he helps 3 people in a big way, and then
those 3 people must help another 3 people, and so on.
It all begins with Trevor helping out a local homeless
man (Caviezel), and then eventually helping his single,
hard working mother (Helen Hunt) find romance again, in
the form of his own school teacher (Spacey), who has
suffered a lot in his life.
Hunt is great as the white-trash mother. They have really
done her 'down' to make her look very plain. Same for
Spacey, he is usually playing a real way out character
such as the ones he won oscars for in films like "The
Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty", but his performance
here is sensational. He plays the straight guy, a tortued
soul of sorts, and I praise him like never before.
Finally, Osment is a shining star. He has so much emotion
and power in his small frame. He, to a sense, carries this
film, in the same way, Macauley Culkin carried kids
comedies in the early 90's.
What is so great about "Pay" is that it doesn't belong in
any particular catergory. It's funny, it's romantic, it's
very dramatic and tense at times, and boy, is it sad.

Based on a book, this film is not without flaw, but it's something the whole family can watch, enjoy and ask themselves some questions about ourselves and the world we live in.

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User Comments

3/24/18 morris campbell not bad has a nice message 4 stars
12/04/10 Steffy Don't care what everyone says, i loved everything! the movie had a really good message! 5 stars
8/11/09 the dork knight Remember kids, good people get shivved! Way to ruin your message, movie. 3 stars
2/05/09 bob horrible ending and the movie kinda dragged on and took the spotlight off the whole pay it 3 stars
10/26/08 Samantha Pruitt so freaking sad, the acting is really great! always makes me cry. 5 stars
10/14/08 Shaun Wallner This movie delivers a wonderful message. 5 stars
7/29/08 the dork knight Preachy, sugar-coated crap with a decent performance by Spacey (his last, btw) 3 stars
3/03/08 Pamela White Awesome tale of a child's courage 5 stars
5/16/07 I'm Not Ok I Sweear This movie is a sad one but i still love it!! 5 stars
3/13/07 Brittany good movie very dramatic ending that kind of ruined the movie but i still love it a lot 5 stars
2/24/07 pOisOned heArT has a greay message in it AwEsOmE 5 stars
2/22/07 Weblynx sad, and i have always remembered that way of thinking since watching it 5 stars
2/18/07 Nick Maday I loved it! Until the end, that is. The end really killed the movie for me. 2 stars
10/18/06 Dave M Awful Review. I loved it. It is sappy though! 5 stars
9/24/06 Dewi K. Utama The ending shows hope that community also has will to better the world that Trevor had 5 stars
6/11/06 Levi A Good Plot and good acting but a VERY sad ending 5 stars
5/29/06 bobenhiemer not the best of movies 2 stars
4/03/06 Amanda Hunselman I strongly advise people to take this movie seriously 4 stars
12/17/05 Chris Karr One great movie! Almost all the actors deserved Oscars as well as the end song! 5 stars
12/09/05 Michael Very sharp beginning, then it collapse on its own lack of morality. 4 stars
9/22/05 R.W. Welch Intriguing at the start, but gets pretty sudsy. 3 stars
9/19/05 Jacklyn Jade L. Lao nice,interesting 5 stars
8/30/05 Captain Craig Great concept. NO lickable characters..except maybe the kid.Bad screenplay and direction. 2 stars
8/16/05 ES Spacey is a wuss, his character actually had a terriblly done scene to make him look tough 1 stars
7/16/05 christie kind of sappy but greatacting 4 stars
5/28/05 Aneta To jest najbardziej wzruszający film jaki kiedykolwiek widziałam 5 stars
3/30/05 Nick Boyd Great acting and premise marred by a bad endingI 4 stars
3/21/05 Naka Nope. Good messege, but it ain't enough. 1 stars
3/14/05 Brendan excellent 5 stars
3/08/05 Jo Deeply touched, don't care what others say! :P 5 stars
11/30/04 Annie The movie really moved me 5 stars
9/09/04 John Aster Habig a tear fest and a reinforcer of man's good side 5 stars
5/24/04 Jorge Fernandito Reyvaldo G A good film,but the ending was fucking crazy and very retarded 3 stars
5/17/04 C Merryweather Powerful for my students - a thought provoker! 5 stars
4/20/04 Lim Wei Hong A very touching and inspirational movie, despite having a sad ending. 4 stars
3/08/04 Jaco Visser A very touching and morally correct film! Inspiring past words. 5 stars
2/22/04 hi ok 4 stars
12/23/03 Snickerdoodle Kind of sappy and the ending really sucks. 2 stars
10/23/03 Kae Very emotional, but good, HJO is a very talented child! 5 stars
9/21/03 John Bale Somewhat sanitised modern fable well enough acted out to hold interest. 4 stars
9/20/03 Sarah This fi;m moved me in a way no other has 5 stars
9/07/03 Kyle Spacey and Hunt are both great! Didn't like the way it ended though. 4 stars
8/17/03 Lorraine I love this film - it makes me believe I should be a better person 5 stars
8/12/03 It's just me Makes you think...Haley has done it again! 5 stars
8/07/03 Kristan Be patient. Stick with it. Movie like life. It's a gift. 5 stars
8/04/03 Jin way too much emotional turmoil here. intriguing though. 3 stars
7/22/03 natasha_theobald sours my stomach just to think about it 2 stars
6/11/03 BlackTerror surprisingly 5 stars
6/05/03 Demydenko Stanislav Excellent 5 stars
4/08/03 Matt Thiel The ending says "If you help people, you will die." HUH? 3 stars
3/31/03 Jack Sommersby More tolerable than expected. 3 stars
3/28/03 bOmbsz16 its okay; quite boring though... the end is weak, who immediately dies from a stab? 3 stars
1/15/03 Joe A Total Sap & Crap Fest with a realy bad "Twist" Ending 1 stars
10/28/02 Brittney Williams I loved it!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/06/02 TheOthersFan "I see dead people I see nice people you're my mummy" 2 stars
7/26/02 karen goldstein i liked it just for the love story line - rest of the stuff was crap esp. the ending 3 stars
7/23/02 TheChronic sweet movie, the subject matter is definitely worth while 4 stars
6/29/02 Jim OMG what was up with that ending? Helen Hunt is a hottie though. 4 stars
6/21/02 Bart Horrid ending. Ruined the film for me. 2 stars
6/06/02 stud A NICE FAMILY FILM 5 stars
2/18/02 Shotglasskid I usually don't go for the heavy drama's but I thought the performances & movie were great. 5 stars
2/15/02 Butterbean Hunt plays the blandest alcoholic single mother on film. Flick is good, Hunt was blahhh. 4 stars
2/01/02 Tzila Seewald It is so good it's make me cry! It's teach me to be good other people 5 stars
1/13/02 Flick Chick very disappointing 2 stars
1/10/02 max zhang sappy but simple; good for non-English speaking viewers with no concept of the real America 3 stars
1/08/02 sean more further spiritual thing may be better 4 stars
1/05/02 Matt Utt This movie fucking sucks ass. I would rather watch four guys butt-fuck each other 1 stars
12/03/01 Bada Bing Crosby Can't believe Spacey & Hunt got to me; I HATE THEM but not in this almost-great flick 4 stars
10/01/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Disappointing, Bad Acting. 2 stars
6/27/01 Artist Freak Flawed bu enjoyable, good performances, movies like this are too rare. End music sucked. 4 stars
6/21/01 brentley Good plot idea, but the movie could've been better. Ending sucked. 3 stars
6/08/01 Turtle This movie had a couple of continuity mix-ups, but other than that, it was great. 4 stars
5/29/01 Thatguy I see lame people.... they're talking about morals, and righteousness... I'm puking... 1 stars
5/29/01 Monday Morning OK up to the ending -- so heavy handed it ruins the whole thing. 2 stars
5/09/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) A jambalaya of juggernauts in a film that's essentially a jinx. 2 stars
2/27/01 Anthony The movie has a message for people with a soul. The book is even better. 4 stars
2/17/01 Tom Beatty Made me think, but too saccharine 4 stars
2/03/01 Diego Romero You know Haley´s career is already dead right? 1 stars
1/31/01 Matthew Bartley Was I supposed to laugh when he gets stabbed and dies? 2 stars
1/21/01 Peter Taylor Don't be so cynical - its a good film, and a good ideal 5 stars
12/19/00 Tim Spacey,Hunt and Osment make this a good movie that might have sucked with other actors 4 stars
12/01/00 Angela Murtagh It's about time we had agood movie these days-I would see it again-wear waterproof mascarar 5 stars
11/28/00 William Bell Terrible in every imaginable way. 1 stars
11/10/00 spork-girl as sappy goes, this movie ruled. no misrepresentation, no dissapointment 5 stars
11/09/00 James Extraordinary acted,not a good story! 3 stars
10/30/00 Philm Phreak Sucko! 2 stars
10/30/00 Paul Emmons Your review: bull's eye. Without Spacey & Osment I'd rate it much lower 4 stars
10/27/00 cretaceous All it really needed was a car chase to be truly wretched, but it came very, very close. 2 stars
10/25/00 Marc Spacey turns in another startlingly beautiful performance... 5 stars
10/25/00 annice burdeos a bit of a disappoinment.I never believed Helen Hunt as an alcholic. Osment at times seemed 3 stars
10/25/00 emma i like thinking and feeling for myself, thank you very much. stupid and manipulative 1 stars
10/24/00 Katsat Clunky, leaden, never believable, acting wasted,terrible screenplay, editing, directing 2 stars
10/24/00 Starchild Although it jumps around, this was a really good film. The Acting, I believe, will save it. 4 stars
10/23/00 Philip Mole Manipulative Hollywood Twaddle 1 stars
10/21/00 Jenny-My-Fur Spacey is a god, this movie is incredible, it just screams out OSCAR! 5 stars
10/16/00 Suzl4 A good warm movie until the end then bring on the tears. Spacey & Osment RULE!! 4 stars
10/08/00 frank the performances are good, but the overall story (and the ending) SUCK. 2 stars
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  20-Oct-2000 (PG-13)


  22-Feb-2001 (PG)

Directed by
  Mimi Leder

Written by
  Leslie Dixon

  Kevin Spacey
  Haley Joel Osment
  Helen Hunt
  Jon Bon Jovi
  Jay Mohr
  Angie Dickinson

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