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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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When Russ and Rusty come out of the restaurant, Rusty points to a sign that says "Eat here". Inside the diner, their waitress is Melissa McCarthy. This is Melissa McCarthy's first film. See more »

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When the flight attendant approaches Deirdre and Russ, each of them is reading a magazine. In the very next shot, Deidre doesn't have a magazine. See more »

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Rusty Duritz: Holy smokes... 99 channels and there's nothing on!
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Rich Eisen.........Stuart Scott See more »

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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Up, Up, and Away
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by The 5th Dimension
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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