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Pay It Forward (2000)

Coming Out at October 20, 2000 in theaters.


Pay It Forward is drama film directed by Mimi Leder. The film is based loosely on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is set in Las Vegas, and it chronicles 14-year-old Trevor McKinney’s launch of a goodwill movement known as “pay it forward”. It stars Haley Joel Osment as Trevor, Helen Hunt as his alcoholic single mother Arlene McKinney, and Kevin Spacey as his physically and emotionally scarred social studies teacher Eugene Simonet.

The film was released on October 20, 2000 to mixed reviews, with most critics praisingon, particularly in its ending.

Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) begins 7th grade in Las Vegas, Nevada. His social studies teacher Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey) gives the class an assignment to devise and put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. Trevor’s plan is a charitable program based on the networking of good deeds. He calls his plan “pay it forward”, which means the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others rather than paying the favor back. However, it needs to be a major favor that the recipient cannot complete themselves.

Trevor does a favor for three people, asking each of them to “pay the favor forward” by doing favors for three other people, and so on, along a branching tree of good deeds. His first good deed is to let a homeless man named Jerry (Jim Caviezel) live in his garage, and Jerry pays the favor forward by doing car repairs for Trevor’s mother. Trevor’s efforts appear to fail when Jerry relapses into drug addiction, but Jerry pays his debt forward later by talking to a suicidal woman, who is about to jump off a bridge.

Director: Mimi Leder

Writers: Catherine Ryan Hyde (book), Leslie Dixon

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi, Angie Dickinson


Kevin SpaceyEugene Simonet
Helen HuntArlene McKinney
Haley Joel OsmentTrevor McKinney
Jay MohrChris Chandler
Jim CaviezelJerry
Jon Bon JoviRicky McKinney
Angie DickinsonGrace
David RamseySidney Parker
Gary WerntzMr. Thorsen
Colleen FlynnWoman on Bridge
Marc DonatoAdam
Kathleen WilhoiteBonnie
Liza SnyderMichelle
Jeannetta ArnetteNurse
Hannah LederThorsen’s Daughter
Tina LiffordPrincipal
Loren D. BaumRough Kid #1
Nico MatinataRough Kid #2
Zack DuhameRough Kid #3
Shawn PyfromShawn
Alexandra KotcheffAlexandra
Bradley WhiteJordan
Christi ColomboChristi
Phillip D. StewartPhillip
Justin ParsonsJustin
Myeshia Dejore WalkerMyeshia
Brenae Suzanne DaveyBrenae
Molly BernardMolly
Andrew Patrick FloodAndy
Tameila N. TurnerTameila
Julian CorreaJulian
Carrie SullivanSchool Girl
Patricia DeandaChange Girl
Ryan BertiHallway Kid #1
Gabriela RivasHallway Kid #2
Carrick O’QuinnMan in Window
Stephanie FeurySandra
Bernard WhiteCop
Tom BaileyLiquid Man #1
Tim DeZarnLiquid Man #2
Jonathan NicholsLiquid Man #3
Ron KeckLowlife #1
John PowersLowlife #2
Bob McCrackenCreepy Middle-Aged Man
Frank WhitemanDoctor
Eugene OsmentCop Who Gives Directions
Kendall TenneyMale Newscaster
Sue TripathyFemale Newscaster
Rusty MeyersNews Stand Guy
Leslie DilleyThe Governor
Cynthia Ettinger
Joe RampinoBar patron
Stacy BellewSchool Girl
Rebeca CristianBattered woman
Johnny DroccoStripper’s Boyfriend
Jeremy DunnDiner Patron
Sebastian FeldmanLooky Lou
Ryan KeatingStranded Motorist
Lana KinnearDancer
Dustin KnouseStudent / Baseball Player
VampiroVampiro (archive footage)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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