The Kid (2000)

The Kid

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Critic Consensus: Critics find The Kid to be too sweet and the movie's message to be annoyingly simplistic.


Movie Info

If you could talk to the child that you used to be, what advice would you give him? That question forms the basis of this comic fantasy. Forty-year-old Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy and powerful "image consultant" who has made a career out of telling people how to present themselves. But while he's a success in business, he's a failure in life; he's vain, mean-spirited, and hasn't been able to hold onto a marriage (or even a pet dog). One day, Russ is startled to meet Rusty (Spencer … More

Rating: PG (For mild language.)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Audrey Wells
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2003
Box Office: $68.5M
Runtime:
Disney - Official Site

Cast


as Russ Duritz

as Rusty Duritz

as Deirdre Lafever

as Dr. Alexander

as Kenny's Grandmother

as Clarissa

as Governor

as Newsstand Cashier

as Newsstand Tourist

as Sky King Waitress

as Flight Attendant

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Sam Duritz

as Giselle

as Bob Riley

as Lawyer Bruce

as Lawyer Jim

as Lawyer Seamus

as Wedding Guest

as Governor's Aide

as Governor's Other Aid...

as Sushi Chef

as General Manager

as Principal

as Janet's Husband

as Security Guard

as Chef Mike

as Himself

as Larry King's Guest

as Larry King's Guest

as Himself

as Himself

as Wedding Singer

as Backup Singer

as Backup Singer

as Backup Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Kid

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (33)

Never really sparks much insight beyond the implied simplistic homily: 'You're never too old to change.'

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Insufferably cloying and sickly sweet for anyone with the least intolerance to 'find the inner child' saccharinity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Variety
Top Critic

Why am I sick to my stomach?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Nothing is very believable in the film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This comedy-fantasy about finding one's inner child falls flat on its face.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The intriguing idea of The Kid is squandered with a simple-minded story line that never meaningfully scratches the surface of questions most people ask themselves.

January 1, 2000
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Kid

This is a cute movie about a man who is being followed by himself as a kid. He learns what he needs to do to change the course of history. Good plot. Good cast.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a successful, but not so happy image consultant. Something might change for him when his 8-year-old self visits himself. That means that Russ gets to see what he was like when he was 8, but what could this lead to?
I've always thought that Bruce Willis was a great actor in all of his movies, especially when it comes to the action ones such as the Die Hard series. I don't know what kind of movie most people would put "The Kid" in, but I thought it was a mix between comedy and drama. Bruce Willis proved in "The Kid" that he can be just as great of a comedy actor as he can in action ("Die Hard") or any other kind of film such as "Mercury Rising" and "The Sixth Sense." There were several parts such as when Bruce Willis had a nervous breakdown, that had me laughing out of control.

Not only is "The Kid" a hilarious movie, it also has a sort of deeper meaning to it that I'll let you find out for yourself. I know in ways I wish I could see a younger version of myself and learn more about the ups and downs of my past that I don't remember. If you've got any kid left in you or if you just want to see a great movie, do yourself a favor and purchase "The Kid." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. One of those handful of Disney movies you've never heard of, that isn't a cartoon, but is awesome.

stormyweather980
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

½

Positives: Bruce Willis plays a pretty amazing role. The entire reason this movie can be called semi-sucessful. It has a lot of funny part's and the plot is interesting enough too keep you glued through out the movie.

Negatives: The supporting actors were never really that good. Spencer Breslin was a nice touch but at this point he still was not that great of an actor - he was okay, but like most child actors, partially annoying.
The movie's ending was touching but also has some missing strings. There's parts that are simply left unexplained and may have you wanting some answers.

Overall the movie is a typical Diseny Film with an expected cast and ending. The unexpected is the twist in the storylines that keep it interesting. It's funny, interesting, and worth watching. If your a kid - probably worth having but it's not the next diseny classic.

bhobbs1985
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

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