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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 ...
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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1.85 : 1
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M. Night Shyamalan directed Spencer Breslin's sister Abigail in Signs. Bruce Willis also starred in two Shyamalan films. See more »


When Russ is talking to his assistant about seeing a kid on his property, then goes to sleep he is wearing a blue t-shirt with UCLA on the top left and dark sweatpants, later when he gets up with the bat to check what made the noise outside, he's wearing a grey t-shirt and grey sweatpants. See more »


[Russ calls Janet to meet him in the building's garage; when she arrives, he steps out from behind the dumpster, where he has been hiding]
Janet: I'm not throwing your dismembered enemies' bodies into the dumpster. I've got my limits.
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So..what's keeping them from making more like this?
18 August 2000 | by (Midland, Texas) – See all my reviews

From a perspective that it is possible to make movies that are not offensive to people with strong moral values, this one is definitely worthwhile. This is the second Bruce Willis film in a row that manages to tell its story with no nudity, off-color humor, profanity, or gratuitous violence. (I refer of course to The Sixth Sense.) Both movies are engaging on more than one level. This one is appropriate for children as well, although as others have pointed out, it isn't a flick FOR kids.

I was bothered that the time travel device that drives this plot is never explained, except that we know Russell himself initiates it as a 70 year old. Also, why does his dying mother have to come to school to get him when he wins the fight; why, if as his older self says, he has to fight that kid again and again for the next few years does his mother not have to come and get him every time, and why he doesn't learn to kick butt in the process. I also found the score rather annoying and not always appropriate to the action on stage.

Good use of the red plane as metaphor, however.

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