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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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Thorsen's Daughter (as Hannah Werntz)
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Storyline

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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Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Cadena de favores  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ESP 191,771,560 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Arlene goes to meet Eugene for dinner she gets into a green cab. But when the cab pulls up and she gets out, it is now yellow. 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 A Family Underground (2009) See more »

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