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|Pay It Forward
by Clint Morris
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
"More wholesome than Christmas Dinner at granny's"
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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originally posted: 12/13/00 01:50:03