PAY IT FORWARD (2000 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

Pay It Forward presents an interesting concept on how acts of kindness can optimally magnify their effectiveness. One of Hayley Joel Osment’s best performances, since The Sixth Sense (1999), supports itself on the teamwork of Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. The film’s story wins due to its concept—a good watch that bases itself in tough life situations.

Storyline

A young boy, as an assigned school project, devises a plan to change the world through good deeds that are, once received, extended outwardly to others rather than reciprocated back to the original source.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Mimi Leder for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Mary McLaglen and Jonathan Treisman for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey), Arlene McKinney (Helen Hunt), Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment), Chris Chandler (Jay Mohr), Jerry (Jim Caviezel), Ricky McKinney (Jon Bon Jovi), Grace (Angie Dickinson), Sidney Parker (David Ramsey), Mr. Thorsen (Gary Werntz), and Woman on Bridge (Colleen Flynn).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie is a small gem that would be easy to miss, but needs to be watched.

Ben Meyers

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