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Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 October 2000 (USA)
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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Is it possible for one idea to change the world? 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)

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$9,631,359 (USA) (22 October 2000)

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$33,519,628 (USA)
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Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey were both nominated for the 72nd Academy Awards during the filming of this picture, and Spacey won his first Best Actor Oscar two weeks before filming wrapped. See more »

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The point of triage in an ER is to identify and treat patients in need of immediate care. No nurse in his/her right mind would pass over a girl having an acute asthma attack for an obviously stable man with a gunshot wound, no matter what order they arrived in. See more »

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Arley: [to Eugene] You look good to me.
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References Fantasia 2000 (1999) See more »

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Mar y cielo
By Julio R. Reyes
Performed by Los Hermanos Martinez Gil
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A touching film in these uncertain times
14 May 2008 | by (NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

A film of surprising majesty mainly because of its sincerity to convey the tale of a young (American) high school student, touchingly and masterfully played by the then 12-year-old Haley Joel Osment, who, at the instigation of his new teacher's challenge to the class, comes up with a beautiful and simple plan to make a difference in the world, involving doing a good turn to not just one person but three, who then, in turn, return the gift themselves to three more people, thereby very quickly spreading goodness in both directions, in the giving and receiving, in the most unlikely places and ways. Warning: a tear-jerker!


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