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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, unique execution
Pay it forwards seems like a simple statement. Is it a form of altruism or does one expect to receive satisfaction if not a direct results from pay it forward? Some people would give the movie stars for the idea without looking at the execution. Others may detract stars because of the primes, calling it a chick flick or some other pansy name.
In execution some see it...
Published on 18 Jun. 2004 by bernie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the actors
This is a good example how a great actor (actually, three great actors) can totally transform an otherwise extremely melodramatic, feel-good tear-jerker. Kevin Spacey's monumental talent creates an absolutely convincing image of the brilliant teacher with the troubled past and the messed-up present. Helen Hunt, in one of her sexiest appearances ever, is also very intense...
Published on 8 Dec. 2003 by Petrides Antonis


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Oct. 2014
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arrived on time thanks excellent movie a must see
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average., 5 July 2014
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A little disappointing - particularly the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars everyone loved, 1 Feb. 2015
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Watched the film with friends, everyone loved it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 23 Sept. 2014
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Delivered in good order - no problems thank you
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of all time., 29 Oct. 2001
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I rented this video last night to watch with my mum and we were both so impressed we are going out to buy a copy each. It is one of those films that still haunts you the next day. The acting and story line are superb. One of the best films I have ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Dec. 2014
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Beautiful film moral of the story fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to have your heart strings pulled!, 12 Sept. 2013
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One of my favourite books. Totally inspiring and absolutely heart wrenching.

I recommend watching this as a family. There's something for everyone.

It's a shame it's rated 12. Some good life lessons in there!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pay it forward, 16 Mar. 2004
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did no one seem to mention who played the alcoholic father ok then ill mention it hes played by JON BON JOVI an he plays a excellent part never mind kevin spacey if u like jon bon jovi buy this film its a tear jerker
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dark philosophy?, 17 Dec. 2014
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***SPOILERS***

Be warned if you are watching this with a 12 year old (or pretty much anyone else) as opening scenes are in a pole dancing club.

I was so looking forward to it. The 'Pay it Forward' idea is such a great one for a film...but this film takes it in a very odd directions.

I would certainly not want encourage any child to invite a stranger into the home without the company of a trusted adult. The other good deed which is that the boy tries to matchmake his Mum with his Teacher. I cannot imagine any child squirming at anything like that possibility never mind trying to bring it about. Eventually Mum and Teacher do have sex (although the film suggests the boy thinks they have had a sleepover). Another rather disturbing moment is when the boy feels his mother should dress provocatively as 'She owes him' (ie the teacher) Euuuuugh!

Mum and boy live in a beautiful home despite mum having to hold down two poorly paid jobs and absent father being an alcoholic.

Moreover Mum and Teacher have the most unlikely chemistry. Mum is portrayed as detesting her job at the pole dancing club however prefers to dress provocatively at all other times too. The teacher fluctuates from someone who has possible aspergers to one who has deep emotional insight.

The ending is twisted. Did the makers want to communicate that good people end up dead? For a film with a message it's a bizarre thing. Stay clear but if you are stil intrigued do watch it through yourself before deciding to share viewing with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 April 2015
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A very moving film it makes you think!
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