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The Kid (2000)

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An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when he is mysteriously confronted by an eight-year-old version of himself.

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writer:

Audrey Wells
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Russ Duritz
Spencer Breslin ... Rusty Duritz
Emily Mortimer ... Amy
Lily Tomlin ... Janet
Jean Smart ... Deirdre Lafever
Chi McBride ... Kenny
Daniel von Bargen ... Sam Duritz (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Dana Ivey ... Dr. Alexander
Susan Dalian ... Giselle
Stanley Anderson ... Bob Riley
Juanita Moore ... Kenny's Grandmother
Esther Scott ... Clarissa
Deborah May ... Governor
Vernee Watson ... Newsstand Cashier (as Vernee Watson Johnson)
Jan Hoag ... Newsstand Tourist
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nobody ever grows up quite like they imagined.

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for boxing action and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Kid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,687,726, 9 July 2000

Gross USA:

$69,691,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,317,580
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rusty annoys Russ by singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt over and over. The same happened in Disney's RocketMan (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Russ picks up the plane lying outside, the very bright spotlights where his car is parked made it appear like daytime to some viewers. See more »

Quotes

[on their way to a meeting]
Amy: Wait a minute, wait a minute... Hello.
Russ Duritz: Hello...
Amy: I haven't seen you in a couple of days, how've you been?
Russ Duritz: Fine. Now can we go in?
Amy: No. This is the bit where you ask me.
Russ Duritz: Amy, we're really late. We don't have time to...
Amy: Come on, give it a whirl.
Russ Duritz: [bored, condescending] Hi, Amy. How are you doing?
Amy: [shrugs] Fine. We're really late.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Spoofs Die Hard 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Young at Heart
Written by Carolyn Leigh and Johnny Richards
Performed by Kevon Edmonds
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
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I was expecting superficial junk, but it was actually pretty good.
3 July 2000 | by gruninSee all my reviews

Turns out it's not really a kids' movie - it's the story of a guy's mid-life crisis - but my kids (9 & 4) didn't seem bored. There were a couple of scenes where I expected the worst kind of saccharine cliches, but they actually turned out okay.

Willis is above average, Lily Tomlin is basically perfect, and even the kid (Spencer Breslin) doesn't make you cringe.

As far as the writer (Audrey Wells), it was about as good as her 'The Truth About Cats & Dogs' and better than 'George of the Jungle'. It will appeal to people who liked director Turteltaub's other big films (Phenomenon, While You Were Sleeping, Cool Runnings).


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