Pay It ForwardOctober 20, 2000
A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 6.9/10 (50,229 voted)
Critic's Score: 40/100
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt
Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward–repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him.
Writers: Catherine Ryan Hyde, Leslie Dixon
Haley Joel Osment
Jon Bon Jovi
Woman on Bridge
Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference.
Warner Bros. (US) |
Release Date: 20 October 2000
Filming Locations: Bradbury Building – 304 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,631,359
(22 October 2000)
(4 February 2001)
Did You Know?
Haley Joel Osment celebrated his 12th birthday on the set during the last day of shooting. Although Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt had completed their own filming, they turned up on the set just to celebrate his birthday. Coincidentally, Trevor McKinney, the character played by Haley, celebrated his 12th birthday in the movie.
When Chris Chandler is interviewing Trevor, the DVC Pro video camera his girlfriend is using, shown clearly from behind, obviously has neither a battery nor a AC power converter.
Woman on Bridge:
Oh, God. For God's sake…
Come on, tell me! Why are you not worth it?
Woman on Bridge:
Trust me, you wouldn't understand.
Are you kidding me? You think I live at the Ritz?
What movies are supposed to be
Pay It Forward is a prime example of what films are supposed to do: make
you laugh a little, cry a lot, and profoundly affect you in a way that
you thinking about the movie for weeks afterwards. I saw it at a special
preview screening and was blown away. My friends and I sat through the
entire credits because we were so taken by what we had seen. Kevin
Helen Hunt, and the phenomonal Haley Joel Osment once again give
performances worthy of Oscars. I only hope there isn't some "retaliation"
of sorts because of their previous wins and nominations because they
it again this year. But the big winner here is director Mimi Leder who
moved from action films into great cinema. She demonstrates the fine
skills she showed while directing ER. As I sat there, one eye kept a
watch of the story while the other marveled at the beautiful direction of
every scene. They have my vote for Best Picture, Director, Actor,
Supporting Actress, and Screenplay. Awe-inspiring!!!!