Pay It Forward
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Pay It Forward

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Director: Mimi Leder

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment

     
 

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A young boy stumbles upon a simple way to change the world in this drama. Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) is a bright 11-year-old boy who comes from a troubled home; his mother Arlene (Helen Hunt) is an alcoholic trying to hold down two jobs to support her son, while Trevor's father Jon Bon Jovi) left his family behind some time ago. At school, Trevor's class is introduced

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A young boy stumbles upon a simple way to change the world in this drama. Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) is a bright 11-year-old boy who comes from a troubled home; his mother Arlene (Helen Hunt) is an alcoholic trying to hold down two jobs to support her son, while Trevor's father Jon Bon Jovi) left his family behind some time ago. At school, Trevor's class is introduced to their new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet (Kevin Spacey), a guarded man with severe facial scars. Simonet gives his class an unusual assignment -- think up a practical way to make the world a better place, and put it into action. Trevor comes up with the notion of Pay It Forward" -- do a needed favor for three different people without being asked, and then ask them to do the same for three others. Trevor starts by letting Jerry (James Caviezal), a junkie living on the streets, stay in his home. Next, he tries to fix Arlene up with Mr. Simonet, since both seem to be lonely and the clean and sober teacher might help Arlene stay away from alcohol. Finally, he tries to rescue one of his schoolmates, who is constantly tormented by bullies. Meanwhile, journalist Chris Chandler (Jay Mohr) finds himself stuck on the road without a car late one night when a man stops and give him the keys to a new car, asking him only to pay the favor forward to someone else; astonished, Chris wants to find out where this philosophy came from. Based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hide, Pay It Forward also stars Angie Dickinson and Liev Schreiber.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of last year's most touching, heartfelt dramas, Pay It Forward movingly conveys a simple yet profound message: We all share responsibility for making the world a better place. That's the lesson young Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense) gleans from the social-studies class taught by Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey). So he comes up with an ingenious concept: When someone does you a favor, don't pay it back, pay it forward -- in other words, do a favor for someone else. Trevor's enthusiastically implemented idea yields remarkable results, but not all of them are beneficial. As directed by Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), this sterling adaptation of Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel stirs all the emotions, hitting notes of joyous triumph and heartbreaking poignancy. Top acting honors go to the starring trio, including Helen Hunt as Trevor's at-wit's-end mother, and the supporting players Jay Mohr, Angie Dickinson, and Jon Bon Jovi are also effective in their limited roles. Frankly sentimental without becoming treacly, Pay It Forward is one of those rare movies that inspires as it entertains. Leder discusses the film in a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes an HBO "First Look" featurette, production notes, and cast/director highlights.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
***....the kind of film you've got to admire simply for the way it squares its shoulders and plunges into a message of unfashionable idealism. The title explains its central idea. So does Kevin Spacey's tightly buttoned social studies teacher in a Las Vegas elementary school. What really counts, he tells his pupils on opening day, is interacting with the world....''Pay It Forward'' has a couple of things going against it but a lot more going for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929091256
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
5,869

Special Features

Closed Caption; HBO First Look: The making of Pay It Forward; Commentary by director Mimi Leder; Cast/director film highlights; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Eugene Simonet
Helen Hunt Arlene McKinney
Haley Joel Osment Trevor McKinney
Jay Mohr Chris Chandler
James Caviezel Jerry
Jon Bon Jovi Ricki
Angie Dickinson Grace
David Ramsey Sidney
Gary Werntz Thorsen

Technical Credits
Mimi Leder Director
Peter Abrams Producer
Marcos Alvarez Set Decoration/Design
Paddy Sam Carlson Associate Producer
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Steve Danton Asst. Director
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Lawrence Hubbs Art Director
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Levy Producer
Mary McLaglen Executive Producer
Mark Hopkins McNabb Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Steven E. Reuther Producer
David Rosenbloom Editor
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary R. Speckman Set Decoration/Design
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Jonathan Treisman Executive Producer
Jonathan Triesman Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pay It Forward
1. Act of Generosity [4:33]
2. Mr Simonet [3:01]
3. How About Possible? [4:43]
4. Eye Contact (Credits) [2:45]
5. Dinner Guest [2:53]
6. Garage Secrets [3:48]
7. "This Is My Kid" [4:51]
8. Thosren's Tale [3:06]
9. Jerry's Leg Up [3:14]
10. That's the Idea [3:25]
11. The Short Straw [1:49]
12. Shifting Focus [2:16]
13. Dinner... for Two [3:51]
14. Rubbed Noses [2:02]
15. Pair of Liars [2:48]
16. Lost and Found [5:00]
17. He's Not Telling... [1:34]
18. A Date and a Deal [:55]
19. "I Respect You!" [3:42]
20. Sidney's Story [2:38]
21. Not Staying [3:52]
22. Special Offering [3:44]
23. Not If Someone's There [3:33]
24. A Sleepover [5:24]
25. "Save My Life" [3:07]
26. Everyone's Home [2:59]
27. Fathers and Sons [3:28]
28. Her Mistake [5:19]
29. Trevor's Huge Request [2:20]
30. Forgiveness [4:36]
31. Being Brave [4:49]
32. Tragedy [5:24]
33. The Night Ablaze [3:52]
34. End Credits [3:31]

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Pay It Forward 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
so sad, yet such a beautiful/great story line! this movie inspires you to help other people, and to let you know that, what the world needs now is love, SWEET love! i mean, i was inspired to start the chain of PAY it FORWARD! that's how much the movie moved me. yes, mr. haley joel osment does it again! that boy is so talented. he is one of my favorite young child actors. kevin spacey, and helen hunt, great job as well guys!
jabehr More than 1 year ago
Great movie! I'd like to know who sang the song "Calling All Angels" at the end of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the movie pay it forward. my favorite actor kevin spacey does a great job at his part. i love him. helen hunt was great to. i love the romantic movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully acted movie with a moral. Cried at the end and look forward to buying my own copy so I can watch over and over. Truly inspirational....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie in my american contemporary issuses class and the movie was well acted out. i enjoyed the concept of the movie. it teaches you about what goes on in life that you think may not happen to you but you never know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is so tuching!!!!!! I cryed after i saw it. My teacher showed it to us and every one felt really changed. Thank you
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very touching. Haley Joel Osment is out of the ballpark once again as a home-run record breaker. I loved his first movie, THE SIXTH SENSE, I loved A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and I love Seccondhand Lions, which got an award of exellency. The only thing that bothers me is why doesn't everyone use this chain reaction? It's so simple, but everyone in the world is fighting over every tiny thing, especially the Middle-East of this world. You may be thinking: Oh, it's jsut a movie with a crazy idea, but here's the thing: Try IT! Anything is possible. I'm a fourth grader going deeper. Anyway, it's about Trevor McKinney getting a soulful idea for the social studies project in seventh grade, when he's eleven. He starts a chain reaction of goodness that goes something like this: This is me. This is three other people. I help them. Instead of paying it back, each of these individuals pays it forward to three more people, and on and on and on. Soon it spreads global warmth in the heart. The ending was sadder then I could imagine. Great movie, though!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Pay It Forward at my friend's house, and I was truly touched by it. A simple, yet inspirational. Most movies don't make me particularly sad, but the ending of this one did. This movie did inspire an organization called 'Pay It Forward'. I can't really think of anything else to say, others have said it for me. Thank you for your time. PS: This movie was touching for me, and I normally don't watch this type of movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Haley Joel Osment was wonderful in thhis movie and the best for it. It was so sad at the end though, it is a truly great movie and it is worth watching it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
POay it Forward is a movie filled with the real world. IT tells of a family with problems, things that ruin many lives. This movie tell sof one boy who holds more faith in people and the world they live in than one thousand people do. His faith changes the lives of thouseand of people. Yet happiness always has the dark sadness somewhere around the corner. If you watn a movie that helps you get a glimpse of life and the world, then this is your movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie that I loved, and I watch over and over. Deeply touching...
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a wonderful film that set an example to my children. it showed that even the smallest people can do the greatest things. i reccoment this picture, and it is a movie that ALL will enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw this movie on television. Wonderful movie.Coming on again tonight and plan to watch it. I wonder how i missed this movie until now. Spacey and Hunt excellent. Buy it, or rent it --must see
MissGraysMom More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies I have watched in a while. It would be wonderful if we could all give this a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie was very touching, the young generation should see this and maybe they would be able to pay it foward, this movie will make a lot of people who think there lives are not worth anything, this movie is a tear jerker, I injoyed this movie it made me reilize that I acaully have changed some person that I have csme across in the past that just talking with them have changed there lives, I'm a person that my father thought buying things for use made everything better but my life was changed when I might the love of my life, her grandfather always told here good things come to those who wait I'm telling you this because my life changed as I grew up, we had hard times raising our children but those children and my wife changed me, good things came to us alittle a time (I'm putting this in here because it changw some people minds onhow things do work out in time) it is not materal things that bring people closer to there dreams, it is a good heart, and talking to people and tell them some of your problems so they can relize how wonderful life really is made of, This Movie shows everyone that it dosnt take much to make the world change, you do'nt need alot of brains to change small things that make a very big difference. Thank You for letting me put in my reveiw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed and cryed with this movie and there are few movies that can do that. This a great movie showing how life maybe should really be. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you are missing out on a great concept. Not to mention the plot is great! So get up and rent this or buy this or get the book and maybe you'll want to ''pay it forward'' as well.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This picture surprised me. I had heard not so good reviews when it was first released. I was most impressed. The acting was excellent, and the storyline was like nothing I've ever seen before. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is definately THE best movie I've seen in quite some time - original and thought provoking. Don't really remember hearing much about this movie in the theater but it is definately on my list of ''must buy'' movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A simple movie with a great message. Forget the excellent actors combination, just focus on the story. I know it's kind of absurd but I watch this film whenever I feel exhausted, ignored, disturbed and wretched.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am continuing the theme of this fabulous film by recommending it to all! It has a message that is so needed in today's world. A must see, must own film!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie relates to each one of us in some way. We are all disfunctional beings and this movie allows us to believe that despite all the curves life throws us there is hope. Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and the young boy portray their characters exceptionally well. I would recommend this movie to everyone regardless of age. It challenges us and leaves us with belief in the human spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie 17 times now and I still can't get enough! You must see this sensational movie. Haley Joel Osment is the most talented kid actor ever! I suggest this movie to all age groups, because every family isn't perfect. PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE! You won't regret it. It's worth the time.