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The Kid (2000)

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 (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>

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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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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$69,688,384 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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Rusty annoys Russ by singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt over and over. The same happened in Disney's RocketMan (1997). See more »

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When Russ goes to Janet and asks her to "make little Rusty disappear", Rusty's hair changes from combed, to uncombed, and perfectly combed again. See more »

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Deirdre Lefever: Why wouldn't your eight-year-old self time travel here to give you a hand? You're obviously in trouble. He could straighten you out!
Russ Duritz: You think he's here to straighten *me* out?
Deirdre Lefever: Well of course! You didn't think it was the other way around, didja?
Russ Duritz: [nods hesitantly]
Deirdre Lefever: Maybe he's here for you to teach him some things... but maybe he's here for you to remember some things, ever thought about that?
Russ Duritz: Not until just now, no.
Deirdre Lefever: Look, you're turning forty tomorrow, you haven't acquired a single thing of real ...
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Stuart Scott.......Rich Eisen See more »

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Spoofs Die Hard 2 (1990) See more »

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Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday
Written by Ronald Miller and Bryan Wells
Performed by Kevon Edmonds
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
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This could have been much worse
27 May 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

When this movie was shown on television, it wasn't announced as "Disney's The Kid", but just as "The Kid", a movie with Bruce Willis, and that's probably a good thing. I'm pretty sure I would never have taped it if I knew this was a Disney movie, fearing that all the syrupy nonsense would be too much for me to handle. Still, I don't know what made me decide to give this movie a try when I saw the title in the beginning of the movie, but in the end I was glad that I watched it, because it certainly wasn't as bad as I feared it would be.

Bruce Willis is Russ Duritz, a wealthy L.A. image consultant who's about to turn forty. He's a cynical workaholic who has estranged from his father, who has no memories of his childhood and who doesn't have a girlfriend, a family or even a dog. One night he surprises an intruder, who turns out to be an almost 8 years old kid. But there is something strange about him. The chubby kid is named Rusty and has a lot of similarities with Russ. Soon they find out that Russ and Rusty are actually the same person. Together they make a journey into Russ's past to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. How this is possible, what it all has to mean and how it will affect both their futures will only be clear at the end of the movie.

In a way this is a very typical and predictable Disney movie with it's rather innocent and naive look on life, but I guess it can be enjoyable for adults as well. It is all very recognizable and it is a nice fairy tale about losing touch with your inner child. It certainly isn't the best movie ever, but it is some decent and heart-warming family entertainment that offers some nice acting and a good story. I would say: watch it with an open mind and you'll see it isn't as bad as you feared. I give it a 6/10.


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