Pay It Forward 2000

Pay It Forward

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Pay It Forward has strong performances from Spacey, Hunt, and Osment, but the movie itself is too emotionally manipulative and the ending is bad.

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The story of a social studies teacher who gives an assignment to his junior high school class to think of an idea to change the world for the better, then put it into action. When one young student creates a plan for "paying forward" favors, he not only affects the life of his struggling single mother, but he sets in motion an unprecedented wave of human kindness which, unbeknownst to him, has blossomed into a profound national phenomenon.

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Critic Reviews for Pay It Forward

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (79)

Audience Reviews for Pay It Forward

  • Dec 23, 2012
    Great to see a movie that actually promotes doing nice things for others instead of always receiving! Kudos!
    TheOzzBlaster . Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2011
    A film that makes me cry is a good film, but a bit over dramatic
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2011
    The movie works in some level and failed in the other. Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and the marvelous Haley Joel Osment shines in their respectable character. Other supporting cast help the route of the premise too but for me, the ending killed it. It seems like the director don't have any final climax and decided to go with the cliche formula. But nonetheless, a good movie to watch. Especially if you like interconnected drama movie. 7/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2011
    " Pay It Forward " Sometimes the world need is a little "Inspiration" to change people's life, to do good to others. The idea was great and the characters were very real, the movie just didn't grab me like I was expecting it to. Saying that I still had teary eyes in some scenes but again it wasn't as emotional as it could have been and I think the last scene in the movie felt like the director was just recklessly throwing one last emotional scrap at us that I don't think was that needed. I can understand why they would want to show the kid standing up to the bullies but him getting stabbed felt a little off target to me.
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer

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