Pay It Forward (2000)
Critic 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.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for mature elements: substance abuse/recovery, some sexual situations, language and brief violence)|
|Directed By:||Mimi Leder|
|Written By:||Leslie Dixon|
|In Theaters:||Oct 20, 2000 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 15, 2001|
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Critic Reviews for Pay It Forward
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.'
With its smorgasbord of moralizings, Pay It Forward is a confusing welter of sentiment.
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.
Audience Reviews for Pay It Forward
This is one of those heavy-handed liberal "message" films, but the idea of it won't leave you too quickly as the actors do a pretty good job at nearly covering that fact up. Helen Hunt is really good, duh, of course.
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