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The Kid & I (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 December 2005 (USA)
Aaron Roman (Gores) is a teenager with cerebral palsy who dreams of starring in a big-time action movie. When his father (Mantegna) grants Aaron his wish for his 18th birthday, he experiences the reality a bit hard to manage.

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Penelope Spheeris

Writer:

Tom Arnold

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Arnold ... Bill Williams
Eric Gores ... Aaron Roman
Linda Hamilton ... Susan Mandeville
Joe Mantegna ... Davis Roman
Henry Winkler ... Johnny Bernstein
Richard Edson ... Guy Prince
Shannon Elizabeth ... Shelby Roman
Brenda Strong ... Bonnie Roman
Arielle Kebbel ... Arielle
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Bunny
Gabrielle Sanalitro ... Val
Laura Michel Kahwaji ... Laura
Shaquille O'Neal ... Himself (as Shaq)
Bill Goldberg ... Himself
Pat O'Brien ... Himself
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Storyline

Bill Williams is a down-and-out actor who is unexpectedly hired to write a sequel a la "True Lies," the action film that made him famous more than a decade ago. When Bill learns that his co-star is Aaron Roman, a rich kid with no acting experience, what appeared to be the chance for a major comeback turns into a series of outlandish complications. As the duo embark on a journey of outrageous misadventures, the unlikely pair discover that it takes more courage to face real life challenges than it does fighting bad guys on the big screen. Although Aaron may be inexperienced in acting, his tenacious spirit, unwavering optimism and unconditional friendship turns out to be an important, enduring gift to Bill. Written by Press Release (Wendy Morris PR)

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, crude humor and drug references | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The profits for this movie are going to United Cerebral Palsy, a lobby group for disabled peoples in Washington, DC. See more »

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"Based on a sorta true story" See more »

Connections

References Punk'd (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Final Countdown
Written by Joey Tempest
Performed by Europe
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Funny, heartfelt, appropriate family movie.
3 December 2005 | by SpaceComicsSee all my reviews

I saw 3 new movies this weekend (12/3/05), and of them all The Kid And I was the best. This one is from the heart, and the only recent movie you could say that about. It's based on the true experience of Tom Arnold (who appeared with Arnold Schwarzenneger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies) with a young neighbor, Eric Gores, who has cerebral palsy. In the fictionalized movie, Arnold plays out-of-work actor Bill Williams (who also appeared in True Lies), about to commit suicide when his agent (Henry Winkler) tells him millionaire Joe Montegna (Searching For Bobby Fisher) offered half a million dollars to make a movie co-starring his son (Gores), who, like the actor playing him, has cerebral palsy.

You could tell the film was made with a relatively low budget (occasionally imperfect lighting, for instance), and Arnold's script has a few corny clichés, but on the whole it's original, imaginative, somewhat poignant, and as funny as most comedies out this year. What's more, the film is both entertaining for adults and appropriate for the whole family, with a minimum of the crude humor that permeates most of the other funny movies I've seen this year.

As an added bonus there are a number of cameo appearances by big stars. If you liked Arnold in The Stupids, this one doesn't have quite as much silly humor, but on balance is just as good. Heartily recommended for the whole family.


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