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Pay It Forward [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel
  • Directors: Mimi Leder
  • Writers: Catherine Ryan Hyde, Leslie Dixon
  • Producers: Jonathan Treisman, Mary McLaglen, Paddy Carson, Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2001
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LDEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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School teacher Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey) sets his class an assignment: they must each think up a way to make the world a better place. This prompts eleven-year-old Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) to develop the idea that instead of paying back good deeds, one should instead pay them forward. Putting his idea into practice, Trevor performs an act of kindness for three different people, requiring each of those three to perform three further kindnesses themselves. In doing so he starts a chain reaction which does indeed make the world a better place.

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Director Mimi Leder's third movie, Pay it Forward, finds her moving into softer, more intimate territory after making her name with a pair of high-budget action spectaculars, The Peacemaker and Deep Impact. This is a would-be heart-warming fable about the power of human kindness, but it's handled with such heavy sententiousness as to suggest that she might do better sticking to the big-bang stuff. Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, A.I.), son of a struggling lone parent (Helen Hunt) in Las Vegas, is influenced by inspirational teacher Kevin Spacey to come up with a scheme for social betterment: do acts of benevolence to three people, each of whom then does something good for three more, and so on. Inevitably, the lad's first ventures come to grief, but then the idea starts catching on and spreading, and a reporter in Los Angeles gets wind of it. This Readers Digest-ish scenario, treated with great solemnity by Leder and screenwriter Leslie Dixon, leaves the cast struggling to make something individual out of their pre-cooked roles. As you'd expect given such a line-up of acting talent, several scenes come off better than they deserve, and Spacey in particular does wonders with what is, in effect, two Hollywood clichés rolled into one: not just "offbeat inspirational teacher" but "shy, reclusive burns victim" as well. Interesting, too, to see a Vegas-set movie that shows a low-rent side of the city well away from the glitz and glamour of the Strip. But in the end, all else is drowned out by the clatter of predetermined plot-points being hammered home.

On the DVD: Extras include a commentary from Leder, and a 13-minute "making-of" documentary that includes cast and director interviews. None of it, though, tells us much we couldn't have gathered from the movie. The clean widescreen (1.85:1) print and the Dolby 5.1 sound deliver on quality, and come fully into their own in the all-out bravura finale--shameless tear-jerking on a grand scale. --Philip Kemp

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Many reviews accuse this film of being emotionally manipulative. Which films aren't?.Whilst it skates very close to what might be described as sentimentality its own special qualities save it from falling into the swamp. Chief among these is the quality of the acting of the three leads.
The ending appears to cause some critics particular difficulty and I have noticed that their reaction to it is sometimes quite emotional considering their criticism of the manipulative 'sentimentality' of the film. I wonder whether this indicates a greater emotional impact than they would care to admit? Possibly a genuine grief reaction? I was certainly taken by surprise by the power of my own reaction, which I can only put down to a tremendous screen 'presence' built up throughout the movie.
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Pay It Forward is one of the most inspirational movies I have ever seen. The most inspiring characteristics of this movie is the actions of one child making a difference in so many lives. Everyone complains about life, but no one really does anything to change it. In "Pay It Forward" you see that one person can really make a difference, not in just one life, but many lives without ever knowing that person. Hayley Joel Osment is an extraordinary actor with such tremendous vision in his role in this movie. Kevin Spacey, gives one of the best performances of his career as the teacher trying to overcome his own insecurities. And Helen Hunt gives a compelling performance in the movie as well.
I think that classrooms around the globe should have students watch "Pay It Forward" to enlighten youngsters to truly make a difference. You never know the true genius that our own children have inside them.
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This movie expresses how one soul can touch the masses.
This concept is inspirational! It defines belief, faith and the true spirit of human nature.
Watch it and weep!
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A stunningly beautiful, no frills, top quality film. Outstanding acting, scripting, casting & direction. Delivering an extremely powerful moral & offering
an emotionally charged cinematic masterpiece that makes you think (& feel) deeply & personally, whilst questioning the modern world & ALL the relationships surrounding us. Another cinematic treasure that quietly slipped through the metaphorical cinematic net. Unquestionably paralleled with the likes of "Shawshank Redemption". I can't recommend this beautifully & morally indulgent, critically acclaimed, emotional masterpiece highly enough, TIMELESS.
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Well, this is one of those films which touch you deeply and put you thinking about the purpose in life! I was recommended by an international business and speaker who after watching this film made a decision to adopt a similar philosophy in life, which is to give back and help other achieve its purpose and be happy by doing something useful and valuable for others.
The idea of paying it forward is, by helping someone and that person has to help 3 other persons is a brilliant idea. I believe that in helping others is when we usually find deeper pleasure and meaning in life, therefore, this can make sense.
The actors are very good in this film, probably that's what is worth most in the film which will engage you from the beginning til the end.
It's a very dramatic film and very emotional in some parts, so be prepare for some strong emotions.
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You have the 2 extremes of "Pay it Forward" in this film. Someone taking care to try to make each one works and someone simply passing on the challenge by passing on a life changing gift. Whichever way you choose it is a great idea and "Suspended Coffees" and other projects are rolling it out at different levels. Don't bother trying to link this to any religion as this is a human kind thing. You never know how much of a difference you can make to someones day or life by doing something nice and asking them to "Pay it Forward". The film isn't perfect but it has enough unexpected twists and turns to keep you thinking. I reckon the first speech to class should be given to all kids. Best bit of the film.
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This film is about "Paying it Forward" a great idea, someone does something for you, then you in turn help someone else. It's a film that's slow to start and i did wonder if i was ever going to enjoy it. But...i'm so glad that i watched it all the way through. One warning though, have a tissue or two ready, it's a tear jerker!
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wanted to give 4.5 but not allowed . moving movie not quite perfect , but who/what is ?
casting is impecable , angie dickinson , remarkable .
concept doesnt really work or hold together , but heartwarming .
pleasant viewing , especially insightful on addiction .
jim caviezel is quite incredible , definately oscar material .
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