The Kid & I Reviews

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June 15, 2009
Tom Arnold wrote and stars in this heart-on-sleeve "comedy" that will go down in cinema history as one of the most awkward additions ever made to the genre.
March 1, 2007
Works most poignantly as a testament to a father's love and an unapologetic celebration of Hollywood's m.o.
May 4, 2006
Has straight-to-DVD written all over it.
December 15, 2005
Imagine if Tom Arnold had written "Adaptation." No, really.
December 9, 2005
With the exception of some weird-on-purpose flicks such as those by Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch, "The Kid & I" is arguably the weirdest movie I've seen since 1987.
December 6, 2005
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
It isn't perfect but it is so oddly sincere that I found myself growing a sort of affection for it even as all common sense was telling me to think otherwise.
December 5, 2005
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 2, 2005
Either the most inept vanity production ever made or the most deadpan satirical prank ever pulled.
December 2, 2005
Manages to be cloying, insulting, and self-serving in equally dire measure.
December 2, 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.
December 2, 2005
Tom Arnold does have talent, but some self-defeating streak keeps him from using it.
December 2, 2005
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.
December 2, 2005
Newcomer Gores is endearing onscreen, but the film built around him is a mess: an amateurish script, a treacly score, barely there direction by Penelope Spheeris and a pointless parade of celebrity cameos.
December 2, 2005
This wan attempt at inspirational comedy doesn't bother to look closely at anything.
December 2, 2005
Despite a sentimental streak a mile wide and a truly worthy theme, Penelope Spheeris' The Kid & I is a truly bad film, an awkward and cringe-worthy effort.
December 2, 2005
December 1, 2005
The greatest mitzvah ever produced by Hollywood... I don't care what's wrong with this thing, you couldn't pay me to badmouth it.
December 1, 2005
A chore to watch, The Kid and I is self-congratulatory, excruciatingly sentimental and sloppily written and directed.
December 1, 2005
A top-shelf director, well-known cast and an upbeat storyline should combine to give the The Kid and I a feel-good ride at the B.O.
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