Take a). Superstar Actor Bruce Willis and put him together with b). Previously Unknown Child Star and you could have a hit on your hands. 'The Sixth Sense' confirmed that Bruce could do more than bad comedy, and Haley Joel Osment is the most promising young thing to come out of Hollywood since Christina Ricci. But, as Bruce has learnt before, for every hit there is a miss, and this is most definitely a miss.Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a 39 year old work obsessed image consultant with a nuclear-family values problem. He ain't got a wife, or kids, or a dog; his girlfriend Amy (Emily Mortimer) can't stand him, and he's hallucinating red bi-planes buzzing over his porche.
Then a strange kid turns up on his doorstep, who just happens to be Russ, aged 8. Rusty (Spencer Breslin) as he was then called, is stuck in the new millenium with his older namesake who just wants to everything to stop bothering him so he can go back to work. But Rusty is there for a reason, it seems, and if it isn't just to turn Bruce into a likable bloke in Amy's eyes, then it Must Be Something Else.
'The Kid' is the kind of film Disney's not supposed to be making anymore since Joe Roth came on board. Like those grand ol' no-star pics of the eighties, it's pure Disney schmaltz, a candy covered way-too-feel-good flick that is too cute for its own good.
From the extraordinarily loud opening bombardment of Marc Shaiman's score, to that repetitive biplane, the overkill telling of plot and character information is so far from subtle, it would take a very daft target audience member who didn't get what was going on within the first few seconds of each scene. Even the dialogue is mind numbing, afterwards I actually overheard a mother lament that she couldn't keep her kids from being restless after only an hour into the film.About the only thing positive I can think of is that the time-switching aspects of the film are rather well done, they're set up early and are very believable. But for such a polished-looking film, it's a shame that there wasn't a little more shine in the script.