The Kid & I

Critics Consensus

Well-intentioned but sappy, The Kid & I is a strange hybrid of comedy and cinema verite.



Total Count: 27


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Movie Info

Bill Williams is a down-and-out actor who is unexpectedly hired to write a sequel a la "True Lies," the action film that made him famous more than a decade ago. When Bill learns that his co-star is Aaron Roman, a rich kid with no acting experience, what appeared to be the chance for a major comeback turns into a series of outlandish complications. As the duo embarks on a journey of outrageous misadventures, the unlikely pair discovers that it takes more courage to face real life challenges than it does fighting bad guys on the big screen. Although Aaron may be inexperienced in acting, his tenacious spirit, unwavering optimism and unconditional friendship turns out to be an important, enduring gift to Bill.


Critic Reviews for The Kid & I

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

  • The mesmerizingly awful The Kid & I is a historic first: a comedy about the making of a vanity production that is itself a vanity production.

    Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • It's terribly uneven, it's far too corny and it's really not all that great, but it's so strange and so compelling that you have to see it.

    Dec 5, 2005
  • It would be nice to say that The Kid & I delivers a heartwarming message of perseverance while showing a lighter side of Arnold and spotlighting a new star. Unfortunately, it would not be true.

    Dec 2, 2005
  • Tom Arnold does have talent, but some self-defeating streak keeps him from using it.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • What sets The Kid & I apart from most Hollywood comedies is its restraint, on the part of Arnold, both as writer and actor, as well as Spheeris. Comedy actually grows out of character and situation.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This wan attempt at inspirational comedy doesn't bother to look closely at anything.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for The Kid & I

  • Oct 20, 2007
    Cute and touching movie - but it was weird and seemed like it was made just like the movie in the movie...if that makes sense...
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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