The Kid (2000)

“There’s safety in sandwiches.” – Russ

Number of Times Seen – Twice (24 Mar 2001 and 24 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An image spin doctor meets a young kid who turns out to be his 8 year old self.

My Take on it – This is a film that has an amazingly interesting premise yet is presented in such a way that it just doesn’t work at all.

The idea that someone could meet a younger or future version of oneself and try to help one another get through difficult position sin life is really intriguing.

This film unfortunately fumbles the chance it has to make this story much more powerful or poignant.

Bruce Willis is a nice choice for the lead, but his interactions with his younger self (portrayed by Spencer Breslin) comes across as very annoying instead of enjoyable as it should be.

There are a few funny scenes in the film, but overall it comes across as overbearing because it really goes nowhere and doesn’t even try to explain the how and why of things in more than a passing comment along the way.

The best character in the film is Lily Tomlin who isn’t utilized enough here.

It’s actually unfortunate that this film doesn’t try to explore this concept between the characters in more than a simple superficial level because it has so much more potential than they are able to realize here.

Bottom Line – Great premise that just doesn’t work well here at all. Willis is a good choice for the lead, but he and Breslin have terrible chemistry together and their interactions come across as being more annoying than enjoyable. Has a few funny scenes, but overall it comes across as being very overbearing throughout. Tomlin shines in a small yet very funny role here. It’s too bad that they don’t try to explore the connection between them on more than a superficial level because this film has so much more potential than is realized here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Russ and Rusty come out of the restaurant, Rusty points to a sign that says “Eat here”. Inside the diner, their waitress is Melissa McCarthy. This is Melissa McCarthy’s first film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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