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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Daniel von Bargen, who plays Russ Duritz's (Bruce Willis) father Sam, is only five years older than Willis. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Russ Duritz: [looking at Rusty] Doesn't the fact that I'm a pathetic dweeb make you despise me?
Amy: No. Why? Do you despise you?
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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 »

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References The Flintstones (1960) 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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I liked it more than I expected to
5 February 2001 | by (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I saw this on a plane. You know, you are strapped to a chair and forced to watch whatever garbage they put up there.

And I have to say I actually had fun. Some scenes are sugary and over the top but the kid's performance is above average for children actors. Casting was perfect.

One thing though: the music is inappropriate, heavy-handed and sometimes ruins the scenes. It is like asking Richard Wagner to write for an intimate comedy. Very weird.

But I strongly recommended the movie to my mom. It is that kind of movie.


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