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The Kid (2000)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Duritz (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Susan Dalian ...
Newsstand Cashier (as Vernee Watson Johnson)


Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he's cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father (Daniel von Bargen), and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder (Spencer Breslin), 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(Lily Tomlin), 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nobody ever grows up quite like they imagined.


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Kid  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$69,688,384 (USA) (24 November 2000)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the wedding, one of the guests is Cuba Gooding Jr.. He is visible for about 10 seconds. See more »


When old and young Rusty approach young Rusty's home for the first time, the street behind the car is completely wet. When they look towards the house, the street is completely dry. See more »


[on their way to a meeting]
Amy: Wait a minute, wait a minute... Hello.
Russ Duritz: Hello...
Amy: I haven't seen you in a couple of days, how've you been?
Russ Duritz: Fine. Now can we go in?
Amy: No. This is the bit where you ask me.
Russ Duritz: Amy, we're really late. We don't have time to...
Amy: Come on, give it a whirl.
Russ Duritz: [bored, condescending] Hi, Amy. How are you doing?
Amy: [shrugs] Fine. We're really late.
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Crazy Credits

Stuart Scott.......Rich Eisen See more »


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


Western Epic - Take Two
Written and Performed by Charlotte Georg
Courtesy of OGM Music
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The Kid In Us All...

When the first trailer for this film was viewed by myself, I was curious as to what angle the storyline would take. After all the plot of having one's childhood self return to the present leaves open many options. Bruce Willis however does a superb job in the role he was given. I was surprised to see just how well he could act in this part. This is also a good career move as many others have said but after seeing it I now agree. This film is mainly about remembering the kid you used to be, and coming to the realization that you aren't the adult you planned to be. This is a wonderful story and a gripping tale that makes us all think. Usually we scorn at "What if..." movies. For example, Waterworld attempted to answer the question "What if the world were to be covered with water and...?" But truthfully, nobody cared. This movie however effects everyone in the theatre. True, young children may not fully grasp the idea of growing up and having all your dreams fizzle away, but it leaves a great impact on the adults and parents of those children. This movie is definitely worth seeing. Although, it will be better the second time around because you won't be thinking so much (about how the kid got there, and why and all that stuff) Just relax and have fun. And take something with you when you leave that cinema. Take that piece of your childhood you've forgotten and enjoy it.

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