Pay it Forward
Reviewed by Andy Bowers
Rating: 6 Beans
amn you Haley Joe Osment. Why can't you be a nice child actor and grow out of the cute looks, hang out with Michael Jackson and get arrested for holding up a 7-11 with that Culkin kid.
Worse yet after that Oscar nomination, you probably think you've got staying power in an industry that spits out kid thespians like an anorexic PEZ dispenser. Look up Anna Paquin and ask her when she hawked her golden statute to make the rent after puberty hit.
That aside, I feel used after watching Pay it Forward. It's such an emotional tease. I actually feel dirty because I knew it wouldn't call me the next day. It had it's way with me, toying with my feelings and then after taking my money, discarded me like a two-bit filmatic junkie. Damn you!!!!
The curious thing about this movie is that the caliber of actors performing within it actually carry you along and above the hankie weeping, nausea inducing plot. And that will make you feel even cheaper.
Osment stars as a young do-gooder looking for direction while trying to grow up normally in Vegas (good luck) Compounding his awkward ascent into adulthood is his ever boozin' mom (Helen Hunt)
Inspiration to change the world around him for the better materializes in the form of his new teacher (Kevin Spacey) Lighting a do-good fire-cracker under his ass with the novel idea of doing good things for others in hope that it changes the recipients life, who in theory, would in turn pass along the same gesture to three other people in need seems possible (Hence - Pay It Forward).
Sort of like a Robin-Hood bred chain mail effect.
Spacey and Hunt, who have never looked more horrible in any other film (Spacey is a burn victim, Hunt is a recovering alcoholic), dance around a relationship while carrying baby grand piano - sized backpacks of emotional burden.
The script, again as I've mentioned is heavy handed. A manipulator. Pure Hollywood evil. I'm not afraid to admit that Pay It Forward made me actually care about it's protagonists. I just didn't like how it went about it's business. If it had only stayed the night and cuddled, perhaps I could recommend it thoroughly.
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