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The Kid (2000)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  7 July 2000 (USA)
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An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when an eight year old version of himself mysteriously appears.

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Russ Duritz is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he's cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father, and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder, who turns out to be a kid, almost 8 years old. There's something oddly familiar about the chubby lad, whose name is Rusty. The boy's identity sparks a journey into Russ's past that the two of them take - to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. Two long-suffering women look on with disbelief: Russ's secretary, Janet, and his assistant, the lovely Amy, to whom Rusty takes a shine. What, and who, is at the end of this journey? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Nobody ever grows up quite like they imagined.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for boxing action and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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7 July 2000 (USA)  »

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Disney's The Kid  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,687,726 (USA) (7 July 2000)

Gross:

ESP 491,340,030 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

M. Night Shyamalan directed Spencer Breslin's sister Abigail in Signs. Bruce Willis also starred in two Shyamalan films. See more »

Goofs

When Russ picks up the plane lying outside, the very bright spotlights where his car is parked made it appear like daytime to some viewers. See more »

Quotes

Russ Duritz: Stop biting your nails.
Amy: *Nail.* I only bite one. What's it to you, anyway?
Russ Duritz: It matters because you work for me. When you bite your nails, you're advertising nervousness and insecurity.
Amy: Really? Advertising all that with one little nail?
[pushes up her nose at him]
Amy: What's this advertise?
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Rich Eisen.........Stuart Scott See more »

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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

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(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
Written by Carl Smith, Gary Jackson and Raynard Miner
Performed by Jackie Wilson
Courtesy of Brunswick Records
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For all the cynics out there.
27 March 2002 | by (Penang, Malaysia) – See all my reviews

"The Kid" is a movie that will touch the hearts of two groups of people - children and grown-up cynics. In the leading role is Bruce Willis, who in my opinion must be one of the most versatile actors around. He plays the part of the cynical jerk Russ very well :).For most of the movie you cannot help but to hate him as he constantly ridicules the weaknesses of the people around him, and love him as you somehow know that there's a tiny seed of kindness waiting to grow.

Emily Mortimer is extremely lovable as Amy, who works for Russ. Her acting is good, and I have to admit that I had to succumb to her cuteness- and I doubt anyone could help but to cheer her on through the whole story, she's so good as Russ's employee, who would like to like him, but gets shoved off every time she tries to be nice.

The story is fun and imaginative. Russ's eight-year-old self travels to the future to meet him as a thirty-nine year old. The young Russ doesn't think much of Russ's achievements (chickless, dogless...) while Russ doesn't want to remember that he was once an overweight, whiny loser.

Don't write it off as just another family movie thinking that you'll be able to predict the whole storyline. You won't. Sure, the guy gets the girl, and young Russ and old Russ grow to like each other and help each other out.

But as you watch the final ten minutes of the movie, as things start to get wrapped up, you will suddenly sit erect, brain churning, and when you figure it all out, you lie back, try to keep back the wide grin that is forcing itself on your face, give up, and say "Holy smokes!"


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