Pay It Forward
When someone does you a big favor, don't pay it back... Pay It Forward
Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Take a sugar cube, dip it in honey and smother it in icing sugar. Then, and only then, will you approach the level of sickeningly saccharine sweetness this film is made out of. That, in itself, would be bad enough, but this film also feels the need to incessantly rub our faces in it and treats us like lobitomised retards.
The only thing I was willing to pay forward after seeing this horrid film is a sincere warning to those who haven't seen it yet: Stay far, far away from this one.
Nope, a rewatch still hasn't brought me to my senses it seems... still love this film.
It's a simple premise which is laid out beautifully, fantastically delivered with superb scoring.
Fuck all you haters on here!!! ;)
This is a wonderful film and only drops 1/2 a star for the over the top ending which detracts slightly from what is a true tear jerker.
Oh alright, maybe I'm an old softie who still has emotional ties to back when I originally saw it and it left me blubbing. Not ashamed to say how much I love this film though. :)
I don't think I've ever been spoon-fed such obvious, patronising, painful, tacky, sickly, incoherent bullshit for two straight hours before but I can confirm the experience was not ideal.
The biggest crime this film commits (among many) is, unlike some bad films which have the good grace to acknowledge their own ineptitude, 'Pay it Forward', entranced with its own delusions of grandeur and pretentiousness, genuinely fools itself into thinking its groundbreaking and making a difference to humans everywhere. This is highlighted by its hilariously stupid plot and unrealistic protagonist which culminate in a profoundly dumb movie.
The entire film, in fact, aims to shit all over American Beauty, or in some cases attempts to trick the audience into…
If we all did what this film suggests the world would be a better place.
Every possible cloying cliche is trotted out at some point; if it’s not in the forefront of the film, it’s in some character’s back story. Child abuse, drug addiction, alcoholism, spousal abuse, school violence… it’s all there. The film feels like every Lifetime movie of the week rolled into one. Subtlety is not a word that the writers of this film were familiar with. Of course, it’s hardly unusual for a film with a message to be unsubtle, and that lack of subtlety can almost — almost — be forgiven when it gets that message across.
But here, it fails. Hilariously. And I’m not just being a snide reviewer there; I actually burst out laughing several times during the movie solely because of how bad this film is at presenting its message. Read full review.
This movie leaves a lasting memory.
Favorite Movie ever
After watching Mr Spacey in countless other films, i almost knew what to expect watching this film; a solid performance from a solid actor surrounded by cretins. Alongside Helen Hunt and the "i see dead people" kid, this film was at best bearable. Spacey is a damaged man with deep underlying family problems which reflect the parallel plot happening with the other two protagonists. With a completely pointless cameo performance from none other than Mr Bon Jovi himself, this film has the potential to be a deep and soul searching film about a young boy's pursuit to help mankind, instead ' America happened to it' plummeting it into nonsense and soppy rubbish. Rank this low on your priority list, believe me I'm doing you a favour.
That movie really changed my life. Makes me realize that the life's too short for banalities, I don't wanna waste one more second of my life. When I finish this review, I'll travel to the United States and i'll FIND CHLOE MORETZ AND ASK HER TO MARRY ME!! \o/
Ok, maybe i'm exaggerating a little bit, but yea, five stars man, great movie!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
[Seen in 2000, not sure when, neglected to date stamp back then]
Manipulative drivel. The film, about doing good deeds, rewards the audience with the confirmation that this is both a cold and cynical world. (Thanks, by the way.)
I will not reject the cleverness of the idea, but the execution was inferior than the level it demanded. An American-Beauty-like score makes the film "more moving" and we have a terrific H.J. Osment, but several melodramatic elements throughout made it fall from grace. In the end, it is forgettable, and not even the pretentiousness of a split timeline saved Pay it Forward from its drama flaws.
Ok. I like sappy, sentimental films sometimes (one of my all time favourites is August Rush), but this is just syrupy, sugar coated, pure schmaltz with a totally unnecessary ending. The only purpose it served was trying to pander to viewers emotions. Spacey is great though. If you look up 'ham fisted' in the dictionary, this is the definition.
Really enjoyed this sappy tear jerker.