Pay It Forward

Director: Mimi Leder
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Angie Dickinson
Box Office: Over $ 33 million total gross
Trivia: In the book the teacher is a black man named Reuben St.Clair. The role of Reuben was originally offered to Denzel Washington but was turned down due to other commitments. When Kevin Spacey agreed to the movie the character was changed to a white man named Eugene Simonet.
Memorable Quotes:
Trevor McKenney: Are you saying you’ll flunk us if we don’t change the world?
Eugene: Well, no. But you might just scrape by with a C.
Arley: I can’t reject you, you’re too quick for me!
Arley: I got to take a shower.
Trevor McKenney: What?
Arley: I smell horrible.
Trevor McKenney: No you don’t! You smell like a rose or something.
Arley: Are you sure?
Trevor McKenney: Yeah, yeah, I’m sure.
Trevor McKenney: I guess it’s hard for people who are so used to things the way they are – even if they’re bad – to change. ‘Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses

I loved the idea of this movie that a person should pay back a good deed by doing 3 good deeds for others not connected to the first good deed. The idea is made clear in the movie and the results of paying it forward are usually surprising. The movie’s tone is positive and encouraging so the ending seemed out of touch with the rest of the movie.

It ultimately shows the world that we need to rethink the way we live, for the greater good of mankind. With superb acting, brilliant photography and one simple idea, the ‘Pay it Forward’ innovation is made believable.

Now all we need is the world to stop thinking about itself.


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