Pay it Forward (2000)


pay it forward“I think some people are too scared, or something. I guess it’s hard for people who are so used to things the way they are – even if they’re bad – to change. ‘Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses. ” – Trevor McKenney

Number of Times Seen – 2 (10 Feb 2001 in theater and 19 Oct 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A reporter whose life is mysteriously changed by a stranger’s gift decides to try and track down the person who started the selfless chain of events.

My Take on it – I remember when this movie came out in late 2000. There was much hype because of the PIF theme and because of its three main stars.

Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osmond were all at the height of their careers when they were cast together

All 3 are great here and further prove how good they are.

The story works well and I liked the idea of telling two ends of the story at once and having each side creep towards the other end.

The problem I had with this movie is the fact that there are too many points where the moviegoer feels extremely manipulated by the events going on onscreen that it loses part of its ‘punch’.

Bottom Line -Very good story that unfortunately feels too manipulative at certain times. Top tier cast that prove how good they really are. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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10 thoughts on “Pay it Forward (2000)

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      • They never did it over a double period, so we always only got through like thirty minutes, and then weeks later they would start it again, also just the first thirty minutes. They were useless sometimes.

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        • Ah. Actually quite humorous. We only got to see historical movies in school. We had a teacher show us Ragtime in 9th grade which has more nudity than a bunch of 15 yr olds should be subjected to in school. 😀 We also watched most of the 24 hour epic Centennial over the course of 7th grade, but the teacher got into a car accident towards the end of the year and I’ve been meaning to finish that for 25 years. 😀

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          • Lol. I think the only one we made it through was Romeo and Juliet. Bwahahaha, didn’t think that one though. Oh dear… and after 25 years you will have to start from the off again 😛

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            • i actually tried a few years ago, but it’s pretty boring stuff.

              yep, forgot about that. we saw Romeo and Juliet (also had nudity) in 8th grade and in 10th we even went to see Mel Gibson’s Hamlet in the theater

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