I didn't know the story behind Pay it Forward before I went to see it this weekend. All I knew was that Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and the awesome kid from the Sixth Sense (Haley Joel Osment) were in it. This was enough reason for me to fork over eight dollars and twenty five cents (geez) to see it in on the big screen.
If there was any doubt in my mind that Haley Joel Osment was going to be a good actor it has been completely banished. This kid was incredible! He was the star of this movie.....I think Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt were part of the supporting cast because this kid stole the show (all though Spacey and Hunt were good as well). Haley Joel Osment plays a seventh grader named Trevor who lives with his alcoholic mother, Helen Hunt, and forms an odd relationship with his social studies teacher, Kevin Spacey.
One funny thing about this movie: Haley Joel Osment seems to have gotten his father an acting job. His dad is a police officer that Jay Mohr (yes he's in the movie too) gets directions from. One not so funny thing: Jon Bon Jovi is in this movie and unfortunately he just can't act. Thankfully, his part though important is brief.
If you are looking for a romance or action flick this may not be the movie to see. However, if you are in the mood for something a little different or if you are just not sure what you are in the mood for you should se it.
While watching this movie I alternated between optimism and pessimism for our world and the people in it. Pay it Forward really makes you think about the world in which we live and our limitations on changing this world. Are we limited? What can we do to change the world? In the movie Haley Joel Osment says nothing, his reasoning, because he is only eleven years old. Then he comes up with Pay it Forward. Now I won't tell you what this is because that would take a lot from this movie experience. However, I will tell you that once this movie has convinced you not to have faith in the human race, it restores this faith, and then takes it away again. On what note will the movie end? Well, you should go see it!
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