Pay It Forward

2000 • 123 minutes
4.6
470 reviews
39%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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Academy Award winners Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey star with Haley Joel Osment as a struggling single mother, a social studies teacher whose placid life is in perfect order and the student whose class assignment has profound repercussions when, instead of paying it back, the recipient of a kindness must Pay It Forward. The assignment is simple:Look at the world around you and fix what you don't like. #1 It has to be something that really helps people #2 Something they can't do by themselves. #3 Do it for them, and they do it for three other people.But teacher Eugene Simonet (Spacey) never expects one his students to take the assignment to heart, much less the profound, unanticipated effects that Trevor McKinney's (Osment) actions will have on the world around him.
Rating
PG-13
4.6
470 reviews
Esko Barje
January 12, 2013
I gave this film 5 stars because it's one that really tugs on the heat strings. Very emotional because it makes you step back and realize what life should be about and really how we should all be willing to step outside of ourselves and help our fellow man. It's just sad that it took a child to do what we adults should be teaching them. This movie really makes you think! :-)
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A Google user
February 19, 2019
I saw this when it premiered, but I fail to comprehend how it could be classified as a "comedy" given the tragic ending. The movie inspired a movement that still exists, at least in my town.
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A Google user
March 29, 2016
Kevin Spacey is spectacular in his role. Helen Hunt's role is absolutely moving. The boy... There are no words to describe his performance. If this movie doesn't move you to do something, nothing will! A must own! One of my favorites!!
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