The Kid & I (2005)
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as Bill Williams
as Aaron Roman
as Susan Mandeville
as Davis Roman
as Johnny Bernstein
as Guy Prince
as Shelby Roman
as Bonnie Roman
as Apartment Manager
as Fake Reporter
as Fake Reporter #2
as Blind Guy
as Penelope Spheeris
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Critic Reviews for The Kid & I
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.
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.
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.
Tom Arnold does have talent, but some self-defeating streak keeps him from using it.
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.
This wan attempt at inspirational comedy doesn't bother to look closely at anything.
Audience Reviews for The Kid & I
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...
Let me set the record straight...The Kid & I is not a good movie. In fact it does almost everything wrong. There is little comedy. The message is muddy. The acting is cringe worthy. Yet for everything that is wrong it is saved by the novelty. Yes critics will bad mouth it just to keep their reputation as cinematic snobs who can only praise movies like Citizen Kane and Casablanca but The Kid & I works because it is a real story. A little background. Eric Gores the actor who plays Aaron Roman really has Cerebral Palsy. He really wanted to be an actor. He really is a fan of the movie True Lies an his father really hired Tom Arnold to write and film a movie with his son. The plot is almost a carbon copy of reality just add a suicidal Arnold. While it will never be hailed for its brilliance (think Adaptation) The Kid & I is a compelling and heartfelt. Hollywood usually is all about ME. What can I get out of it! But for once Hollywood set its ego aside and did something for someone else and it worked.
Something I did not expect would be as good as it was. Tom Arnold basically makes fun of himself. There are plenty of mentions of the movie True Lies. The mental disability Cerebral palsy is addressed by having the kid in the move played by someone with it. It makes for a different movie and it does have some good moments as well as a notable cast. The cameos at the end include Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. It is interesting to note that Linda Hamilton is also in the picture. Overall, if you like Tom Arnold you definitely will like this movie.
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