Pay It Forward

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Released 2000

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Director:
Mimi Leder
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Social studies teacher Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey) gives his class an assignment: look at the world around you and fix what you don't like. One student comes up with an idea: #1 it is something that really helps people; #2 something they can't do it by themselves; and #3 do it for them, then do it for three other people.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The combination of restrained writing and direction and top-of-the-line acting is enough to make even confirmed agnostics want to believe in this unashamed fairy tale.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An unusual film that intelligently avoids numerous potential pitfalls even if its central earnestness is ultimately inescapable.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It's so enamored of its own upbeat view of human nature that it expects you to overlook its stick-figure characters, its creaky plot machinery and its remorseless assault on your t...

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    Drama

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    Love & Romance, salt lake city utah, Social Issues