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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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)

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

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ESP 191,771,560 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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In the scene where Helen Hunt's character strikes her son Trevor across the face, Haley Joel Osment requested that she actually hit him to make it seem more realistic. However, director Mimi Leder declined. See more »

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When Trevor is drawing his "Pay it forward" diagram on the black board, the diagram has clearly already been drawn once and erased. See more »

Quotes

Arley: Get out!
[Runs into Trevor's room and locks the door]
Ricky McKinney: [Pounds on Trevor's door] You know I liked you a whole lot better when you've had a few drinks in you?
[Pounds on the door again]
Ricky McKinney: You want me out of the house? I'm out!
Arley: [to Trevor] Sorry... I think I made a mistake.
Trevor McKenney: Everybody makes mistakes.
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Referenced in Lights, Camera, Creeper: Making 'Jeepers Creepers 2' (2003) See more »

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Mar y cielo
By Julio R. Reyes
Performed by Los Hermanos Martinez Gil
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Unforgettable

In our world helping other people is perhaps the most important we can do. Children are the ones who often teach us how to behave in certain unpleasant circumstances. It is not only a moving story but everybody who sees this film stops for a moment or more and think over the meaning of life. One of the best American films I have ever seen with lots of good actors. Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt are wonderful. In secondary schools it should be a compulsory part of education. I am a teacher and when I want to talk about this topic I always choose this film and students find it a very good example, too. It has not got a happy ending like it often happens in life. It is not a stupid story, it gives us lots of extras. When I first watched it, at the end of the film I was full of emotions and just could not sleep for a while. To put it into a nutshell: Try it and pay attention to Pay it forward.


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