Pay It Forward

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Overview

A three-hankie special from Warner Bros., this film failed to click with either critics or audiences. The DVD edition may help to change that, but not by much. A solid, if unspectacular offering, Pay It Forward boasts a clear, crisp picture. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is well done and nicely highlights the arid Nevada locations. The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1. But in a film as quiet and measured as this one, the only time it gets a workout is when Thomas Newman's score is played. For extras, viewers can ...
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Overview

A three-hankie special from Warner Bros., this film failed to click with either critics or audiences. The DVD edition may help to change that, but not by much. A solid, if unspectacular offering, Pay It Forward boasts a clear, crisp picture. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is well done and nicely highlights the arid Nevada locations. The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1. But in a film as quiet and measured as this one, the only time it gets a workout is when Thomas Newman's score is played. For extras, viewers can listen to a commentary from director Mimi Leder, view an HBO First Look special, or watch the film's trailer. Additionally, there are a handful of cast and crew bios to sift through. Fans of Pay It Forward will be happy to own this version for the clear picture and the commentary. First-timers and casuals may rather rent it, then pay it forward to the next viewer.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary: "HBO First Look: the Making of Pay It Forward"; Feature-length audio commentary by director Mimi Leder; Interactive menus; Cast/director film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English and Français
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • UPC: 085391887720
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,771

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
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Select Scenes
1. Act of generosity (You Gotta Move). [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. Thorson'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 (Win Your Love for Me). [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 (Calling All Angels). [3:52]
34. End Credits. [3:31]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Kevin Spacey
         Helen Hunt
         Haley Joel Osment
         James Caviezel
         Jon Bon Jovi
         Angie Dickinson
         Mimi Leder
      Commentary By Director Mimi Leder
      Hbo First Look Special
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français (dubbed In Quebec)
         Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so sad....

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Great movie! I'd like to know who sang the song "Calling All Angels" at the end of the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Must see movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent movie

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of those truely great movies.

    This is a movie that I loved, and I watch over and over. Deeply touching...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Find Faith in the world

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haley Joel Osment rocked this movie!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A rare drama, touching, but not sappy.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haley Joel Osment does it Again!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Movie of a Lifetime

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    everyone should see this movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must See Movie

    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....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wha The Real Worls Shows young kids today!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    GET THE MOVIE OR THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love this movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    4 Thumbs Down. Yes I got a friend to lend me his thumbs...

    This movie was horrible. Everything about the production was wrong. The storyline shifted and turned, the characters were not fully developed, and the monotonous undertone was boring, unexciting, and lackluster. This movie is the epitome of immoral and useless filmmaking.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sooo boring

    the only good part of the movie was when sidney was talking (it was sorta funny) but the rest of the movie was boring

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    corny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pay it Forward was so corny and the boy (trevor) made it even cornier by cursing and whining...et cetera. also, the teacher had a whiny voice and the mom was still an idiot even though she gave up drinking. why do people even make these movies?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    boring and repetitive

    it was boring and it didn't have a good plot. also, the not all the messages it taught were necessarily good (!!!). Lastly, the kid looked about 8 or 9 and he was supposed to be 11.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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