Pay It Forward

 40%

of critics liked it

78%

of users liked it

In theaters Oct 20, 2000
PG-13, 2 hr. 3 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: A young boy stumbles upon a simple way to change the world in this drama. Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) is a bright 11-year-old boy who comes from a troubled home; his mother Arlene (Helen Hunt) is an
Director: Mimi Leder
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 3 min.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Theater Release: Oct 20, 2000
DVD Release: May 15, 2001

Cast

Kevin Spacey

Eugene Simonet
Helen Hunt

Arlene McKinney
Haley Joel Osment

Trevor McKinney
Jay Mohr

Chris Chandler
Gary Werntz

Thorsen

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pay It Forward has strong performances from Spacey, Hunt, and Osment, but the movie itself is too emotionally manipulative and the ending is bad.
  • Spacey and Hunt create interestingly layered characters who are hiding parts of themselves from themselves. And come Oscar time, Osment once again may be saying, 'I see tuxedoed people.' More...
  • Less a worthy achievement than a nice try. More...
  • With its smorgasbord of moralizings, Pay It Forward is a confusing welter of sentiment. More...
  • Not since Gump has there been such a pandering, faux-virtuous package of populist pap for Hollywood to shove in the faces of electioneering politicos and say: Look, we don't just market unwholesome swill to families, we market wholesome swill, too. More...
  • Has to be the most oppressive 'feel good' picture in movie history. More...
  • It's carried to an amazing degree by its performances. More...
  • Osment truly is as good as it gets where kid thesps are concerned. More...
  • Wants so badly for us to feel something -- inspired, teary, shocked -- that it leaves us merely numb. More...
  • If a movie can coax tears out of me, touch me in a way that the tears flow naturally, more power to it. But stealing my tears by beating me over the head with manipulated schmaltz is a cheat. More...
  • The combination of restrained writing and direction and top-of-the-line acting is enough to make even confirmed agnostics want to believe in this unashamed fairy tale. More...

User Reviews

  • Decent movie.
  • A nice story but way to heavy handed and with gringeworthy performances. Much like her other films, director Mimi Leder concentrates on the less...
  • want to see it
  • B-
  • A really interesting movie with some great performances, but I feel like it was overly preachy, gimmicky and dramatic. I like the message to a degree,...
  • This had a great touchiness to it, but in the end, the characters fall flat, but it doesn't matter, because the story is soo great, that it could hold...
  • The concept of the film is good, and the story is alright, but the script is where there are problems. The script is ok, but then falls apart as it...
  • FANTASTIC, a true emotionally pwerful and all inspiring drama! Afantastic cast backed up with a fantastic storyline and a heartwarming drama that...
  • Since Kevin Spacey was there in this movie, I felt it would be interesting. But it turned out to be too disappointing.
  • This is an excellent peice of film right here! A movie that shows how to make a better world and how to make a better society! This movie was...