The Kid & I (2005)



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

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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.
PG-13 (for some language, crude humor and drug references)
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Tom Arnold
as Bill Williams
Eric Gores
as Aaron Roman
Linda Hamilton
as Susan Mandeville
Joe Mantegna
as Davis Roman
Henry Winkler
as Johnny Bernstein
Richard Edson
as Guy Prince
Shannon Elizabeth
as Shelby Roman
Brenda Strong
as Bonnie Roman
Arielle Kebbel
as Arielle
Alejandro Patino
as Apartment Manager
Bill Goldberg
as Goldberg
Pat O'Brien
as Himself
Branden R. Morgan
as Fake Reporter
Lisa Wilhoit
as Fake Reporter #2
Mark Chadwick
as Blind Guy
Penelope Spheeris
as Penelope Spheeris
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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.

December 6, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

December 5, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

December 2, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This wan attempt at inspirational comedy doesn't bother to look closely at anything.

December 2, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Kid & I

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.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

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.

Matthew Marks
Matthew Marks

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 Prisbylla
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