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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.
Unlike Haley Joel Osment's secret ending in The Sixth Sense.....the secret ending in Pay It Forward was not kept nearly as secret. So going into the movie I knew how the movie was going to end. Osment plays a 11 year old kid, his mom is Helen Hunt and his teacher is Kevin Spacey. Spacey gives Osment a class assignment to make a difference in the world. Osment comes up with a Pay It Forward plan. The plan requires him to help out three people....and those three people don't pay him back but pay it forward to three new people. Nice performances all around but the ending is such a bummer...it is hard to recommend.
Review In A Nutshell:
Mimi Leder's Pay It Forward explores good deeds and its effect on the people around us, through a concept that when you do good for one, one has to "pay it forward" to three other people and expecting nothing in return.
This subject will forever be timeless because there is always probelms, whether they may be large or small, found around our own environment, and since the values and ideals of Western society are heading towards complete cynicism and driven by personal ambitions, selfless good deeds would become less likely to occur. Pay It Forward explores its concept well and inserts it in an old fashioned melodrama story, the triangle relationship between the boy, his teacher…
tfw you're in a seventh grade fight and one of the other kids stabs you so you fall to the ground in slow motion and kevin spacey holds you as you die
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. :)
Kevin Spacey has certainly made showier films. That said, this understated performance has his usual golden touch as he yet again shines supreme as a teacher who inspires a young Haley Joel Osment to attempt to change the world for the better.
Mimi Leder's overly sentimental film based on Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel of the same name is just that. It's treacle thick with emotional turmoil and at times is blatantly manipulative in its approach to a young boys simple idea.Somehow though it manages to work due to the fact that all three leads are utterly believable and show a vulnerability that endears them to the audience. A scarred and shy teacher, an alcoholic mother with emotional baggage, and a…
This movie made my teeth hurt.
trite but sweet
An incredibly manipulative movie.
I present you, good people of Letterboxd, with the entirety of the notes I took while watching this film. I gave up on them about halfway through and moved on to other boredom-reducing techniques. Fuck this movie.
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Ahh, movie night with Mom.
Time to watch an entire season of Archer to scrub the vile Sour-Patch-sweet aftertaste of this off of my tongue. What condescending, artless, moronic, paternalistic, bigoted, racist garbage.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie was arguably one of the most lambasted and despised films of 2000. The pre-release hype was so extreme that everyone and their grandmother expected Pay it Forward to be the event movie of the year; the odds-on favorite to capture the Oscar for Best Picture. And then it actually opened and it was promptly and justifiably crucified. It died at the box office and didn't even garner a single nomination come Academy Award time. Is it as bad as they say? No. But it still isn't very good.
The fundamental problem with Pay it Forward is the script itself, which overstuffs enough story for three different movies altogether, trying to do too many things at once, ultimately leaving…
Pure nostagia. When I was a child I cryed watching this.
someone needs to make sure that kevin spacey knows that he is loved and cared for 24/7
Pay it Forward is nothing more than Oscar bait disguised to be life changing and then coated in the sweet sweet syrup that is a family drama. And for the most part it's okay but a little long and a little unresponsive. But whatever, I can't go a week without hearing the phrase "pay it forward"
Also only a year after his breakout role in The Sixth Sense Osment is playing yet another, troubled youth.
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