Directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon, the film stars Haley Joel Osment as Trevor, Helen Hunt as his alcoholic single mother Arlene Mc Kinney, and Kevin Spacey as his physically and emotionally scarred social studies teacher Eugene Simonet.
Join us for a live Facebook Q&A with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets director Luc Besson Thursday, Nov. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. But when you climb into that thing for the first time and you pull those newspapers over you, that's when you know you've messed your life up.
Since its release, the film had developed a cult following.
Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama-romance film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
The film is set in Las Vegas in the present day, and it chronicles 11-year-old Trevor Mc Kinney's launch of a goodwill movement known as 'pay it forward'.
The quasi-religious ending probably will appeal to many, but from an artistic viewpoint, it seems unnecessary and not entirely suited to the tone of the film up to that point.
Kevin Spacey is effective as the suppressed, sensitive teacher, while Helen Hunt is terrific, despite the role being far too close for comfort with her "As Good As It Gets" character.