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Pay It Forward 2000

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Young Trevor has an intriguing assignment at school - think of something to change the world and put it into action. He comes up with paying favours forwards by doing good deeds to three NEW people. He changes his life, that of his alcoholic mother, emotionally-scarred teacher and many strangers.

Starring:
Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Mimi Leder
Starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt
Supporting actors Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi, Angie Dickinson, David Ramsey, Gary Werntz, Colleen Flynn, Marc Donato, Kathleen Wilhoite, Liza Snyder, Jeannetta Arnette, Hannah Leder, Tina Lifford, Loren D. Baum, Nico Matinata, Zack Duhame, Shawn Pyfrom
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format: DVD
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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I was deeply disappointed by this production. Too much emphasis was directed on the boy ( A replicant of his character in the fim " The Sixth Sence. ( Incuding his camera grabbing facial expressions) and not what transpired in more detail - the pocess of paying forward. I cringed at the boys grandmother character- an alleged alcoholic vagrant - who some how had the finances to run a car whilst keeping her hair clean and somewhat styled. And Im even more surprised that the brilliant actor Kevin Spacey signed up for a part in this damp squid production. I wish I hadn't bought it.
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By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
Nice story but the stunning performances from Spacey and Hunt have you on the edge of your seat with intrigue (in a nice way). The only thing wrong with the film is the music score which we thought sounded almost exactly the same as Erin Brockovich (i.e. not good). Despite the music, this is one of those rare films that you will happily watch again and again and therefore well worth the DVD investment.
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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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