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


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 <>

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


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Jeri Ryan, Nick Chinlund:  playing a celebrity couple on the Larry King Show. Ryan was originally going to star as a client of Russ' who would flirt with him, to Amy's annoyance. See more »


As Russ and Rusty are in the diner for the last time drinking chocolate shakes, they toast. When the glasses clink together you can see that Russ drops his drink but in a split second he has a full cup in his hand. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is an explanation for why the moon appears orange when it rises. This is a reference to a question posed to Russ Duritz by his 8-yr.-old alter ego, which Russ later asks his assistant to check on. See more »


Featured in Conversations with Jon Turteltaub (2000) See more »


ABC O&O Theme
Written by Frank Gari and Danny Pelfrey
Courtesy of Gari Communications
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13 July 2001 | by (China) – See all my reviews

I have been always wondering "Can one truly explain the meaning of life in less than two hours?" And here I got the answer after watching this movie for 3 times. This is certainly one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Disney tries to make the film in an interesting and lovely way so it can appeal to both the kids and the adults. But what lies behind the film by far beyond the comprehension of a normal kid. Here, let's first look at how other comments put it: `The movie starts by completely neglecting even an attempt at explaining how 8-year-old Rusty shows up on 40-year-old Rusty's doorstep" But this is not true. Actually the film made a hard work demonstrated how Russ (Willis) --a successful image consultant and a rich jerk was haunted by the hallucination of a flying plane which was actually the same kind of a model given to him by his father as a present. Here Audey Wells present all the viewers a question as a shrimp in the later plot suggested it: you're having hallucination for a reason and you need to figure out what that reason is.But at that time, the film is not in a hurry to explain the reason. Later on Ross's hallucination got stronger and he even imagined a boy intruded into his house. Even more the hallucinated boy lead him to an old drome. From there Ross's dream or more accurately the psychiatric journey of exploring himself began. That exploration filled most of the film till the 8-year-old Rusty disappeared on the same drome (notice only at that time Russ's clothes changed back to the sleeping pajama). The main part of the film (that's what I called the exploration) centered on the questions that had puzzled Russ these days: What's wrong with him? Why he always said somebody call the Ouaaaaaaaaambulance? Why he had a twitch? What happened from being little Rusty and becoming Russ? What will be supposed to do with the relation with Amy? And finally what he will be doing in the later time of his life? The film did an excellent job in explain all these questions. Evenmore it raised another question: Is Russ really a loser? Here Jean Smart said something very inspiring: I mean how many of us grow up to be astronauts or prima ballerina? We just all do the best we can. This film presented the normal theme of midyear crisis in a swift and clever way without lacking of provoking thought.The main character especially Bruce Willis and Jean Smart worked very well to helped achieve visual effect as well as the profound theme.Russ got the answer and know what to do next, what about us?

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