Pay It Forward Reviews
We watched this in my language class over 3.5 class periods. By the way the class periods at my school last for about 50 minutes and the last day we watched it it was Early Release. On the first day I'd give the movie like 5 stars it was great everyone was laughing and having a good time. On the second day I'd give it 4 stars. Everyone in the class loved the homeless guy and were laughing a lot during those scenes. Everyone also loved the black guy and were laughing during those scenes too. But then on the third day when the romance started more between the teacher and Trevor's mom it was so awkward and I hated it like dating a student's parent while they are still your student is too awkward. On that day I would have given the movie a 1.5 at best. But on the last day (early release) we watched the ending of the movie and it was so shitty it instantly made this one of the worst movies I have watched in my life.
Yeah, that won't be scarring and depressing at all. Totally inspirational.
First of all, Helen Hunt is horribly miscast. I'm not sure if she just can't act, or can't handle this kind of role, but it's a disaster. Her range feels so limited here and the part calls for extremely deep emotional moments. She has to display fear, loss, love, rage, pity, frustration, and so much more and I don't see even half of those emotions in her performance. The next problem is that they don't do enough to show the number of good deeds that are going on. Instead of focusing on the 3 big acts that each person is supposed to perform, we basically only see 1 per person. It really throws off some of the climax because we're supposed to see that this thing is so huge, but we only witness like 6 total acts of kindness. Finally, and this will be a spoiler, the ending ruins the whole thing. This film needed the positive and uplifting ending to inspire audiences, but they go with a dark and somber one which leaves you depressed instead of challenged. I can't say that Pay It Forward is a straight-up bad film, I just think it seriously dropped the ball, and fell short of its potential.