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Pay It Forward

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Mimi Leder

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 129
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 78
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Unceasingly manipulative. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Not since Gump has there been such a pandering, faux-virtuous package of populist pap for Hollywood to shove in the faces of electioneering politicos and say: Look, we don't just market unwholesome swill to families, we market wholesome swill, too. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: Osment truly is as good as it gets where kid thesps are concerned. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Despite the concerted efforts of its Oscar pedigree cast to keep it real, Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and impressive young Haley Joel Osment unfortunately find themselves smothered by the schmaltz. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

best ever

i watched it in school and i loved it!


I loved it


This movie was terribe and so sad I hated it!!!!! It had a good plot until the end not a good movie! Don't watch it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pay It Forward
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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