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Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  20 October 2000 (USA)
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A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

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Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When someone does you a big favor, don't pay it back... Pay It Forward See more »

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including substance abuse/recovery, some sexual situations, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Cadena de favores  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,631,359 (USA) (20 October 2000)

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ESP 191,771,560 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The bridge that the "jumper" is on, is the Saint Johns Bridge in Portland,Or. See more »

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During the interview at the end, the camerawoman suddenly changes from the left side to the right side of the camera. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Is that what you want for your birthday? Everybody it forward?
Trevor: I can't ask for that.
Chris: Sure you can. Why not?
Trevor: It wouldn't work.
Chris: Why?
Trevor: [Long pause] I already blew out my candles.
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What movies are supposed to be
8 October 2000 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

Pay It Forward is a prime example of what films are supposed to do: make you laugh a little, cry a lot, and profoundly affect you in a way that keeps you thinking about the movie for weeks afterwards. I saw it at a special preview screening and was blown away. My friends and I sat through the entire credits because we were so taken by what we had seen. Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and the phenomonal Haley Joel Osment once again give performances worthy of Oscars. I only hope there isn't some "retaliation" of sorts because of their previous wins and nominations because they deserve it again this year. But the big winner here is director Mimi Leder who has moved from action films into great cinema. She demonstrates the fine tuned skills she showed while directing ER. As I sat there, one eye kept a close watch of the story while the other marveled at the beautiful direction of every scene. They have my vote for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay. Awe-inspiring!!!!


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