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
Jerry Goldsmith was the original composer for the film. He wrote music for the film before it was shot, and this music was then used as a temporary score during editing, and for test screenings. He spoke about this at the Director's Guild at the time. He said this was the first time he had ever done this. Unfortunately, he never got to do the final music for the finished film, and was replaced as the composer. See more »
Russ and Rusty are supposed to be the same person however Bruce Willis (Russ) is left handed while Spencer Breslin (Rusty) is right handed. This is especially noticeable when Russ and Rusty are playing cards on the balcony but can also be seen when the characters are doing other things such as eating. See more »
Toshiya, let me ask you something. If you get called a jerk four times in a single day, does that make it true?
What, only four? Did you get up late?
Excuse me, I'm asking Toshiya.
Four times is a pattern. It have to be five times to be a fact.
Thank you. See? There's hope after all.
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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 »
The surprise is not how good this film turns out to be. With Willis coming off of "Sixth Sense" and Jean Smart and writer Audrey Wells following up on the underappreciated "Guinevere", I suspected there just might be something going on here. The surprise is how what is being pushed as a Disney kid's film is actually a funny, moving and rather mature fable about losing touch with the child you were and the adult you wanted to be. The kids in the audience were restless. The parents were laughing...and a few even sniffling. Not a great film, but a darn good one, with a message that will probably go over the heads of anyone under 30.
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