Friday, March 18, 2011

Pay It Forward

Here we go, the first ever movie review done by the Cinema Club... Pay It Forward (2000). 

Pay It Forward stars everyone's favorite child actor, Haley Joel Osment (I see dead people...). This movie was done back in 2000... when Haley was cute. 

I define adorable. 

Though this movie isn't really very "exciting", and doesn't include a buffet of special effects or exploding cars, it does in fact have a peculiar love story that's cringe-worthy at times. 
Kiss my face, baby girl!
But if burn scars are your thing, this probably won't make you wince like there's a lemon in your mouth. But in all seriousness, who ever thought of casting Helen Hunt as a stripper, and Kevin Spacey as a burned up, I have a dark history, School teacher and throwing them together as a very messed up couple is seriously twisted. But in a good way... I think. 

So the story follows a tenacious little boy named Trevor (played of course by Haley). Trevor starts his first day of 7th grade in his social studies class, where he meets his peculiar looking Mr. Simonet (played by Kevin Spacey). It's pretty apparent from the start of the film that everyone's got problems. Trevor's mom, Arlene (played by Helen Hunt) is a hard core alcoholic single mom working two jobs. One of those jobs happens to be at a strip club. Yahoo.  

Big words frighten me.
As you can imagine, life for little Trevor isn't exactly a walk in the park. So when Mr. Simonet challenges his grade 7 class to "come up with an idea to change the world", Trevor takes it to heart. His grand idea is to do something big for three strangers. In return, instead of returning to favor to him, they must do three big things for three other people. Pretty big idea for an 11 year old kid. 

"Is the world just shit?"
  All in all, I found this movie to be very heart warming (and heart wrenching, at times). Although it wasn't much of a blockbuster, I'd say it's worth everyone's time. The message that comes across in this movie is quite moving, and makes us all thing about what we could possibly do to make someone's life a bit better. 
You can watch the trailer here. 

El Capitain OUT!

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