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Overall Rating

Awesome: 7.69%
Worth A Look: 25%
Average: 13.46%
Pretty Bad46.15%
Total Crap: 7.69%

5 reviews, 22 user ratings

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Kid, The (2000)
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"Polished and dull at the same time."
2 stars

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.

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User Comments

4/06/12 SEAN DUTRA ok at first but slumps 2 stars
1/14/09 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 2 stars
12/15/07 Pamela White very cute when bruce meets himself 4 stars
8/17/05 ES Something about the kid = makes me just want to smack him. 1 stars
7/04/04 thegoat cute and fun. relax and enjoy this flick. I laughed and laughed. 4 stars
6/09/04 Nobody Poorly done disney feel-good 2 stars
1/13/03 Jack Sommersby Competent though unremarkable Disney fare. Pleasant performances. 3 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Bruce, Bruce, Bruce...what made you do it? 2 stars
11/01/01 Andrew Carden Lilly Tomlin Kicks Ass....but She's Only In It For 15 Damn Minutes!!! 2 stars
8/07/01 Marks Brothers To label this total crap insults the movies that are genuinely total crap; unbearable flick 1 stars
7/24/01 SJKelley The young kid steals this movie. MsAsh's review is again ridiculous. 4 stars
5/01/01 DREDD nice movie that everyone should see 4 stars
4/09/01 Nidal the movie was a success! Bruce willis was born for his part!!! 5 stars
3/05/01 voyant Sentimental comedies rarely work this well. 4 stars
2/04/01 Turtle It starts off kind of slow, but after the first 5 minutes, it's great! One of my favorites! 5 stars
1/29/01 Stuntman Bruce was great, the rest was crap-on-a-stick 2 stars
10/23/00 PoOh#7 Bit slow on at the start but preety good other wise 5 stars
7/31/00 Rusty One of the summer's best. Touching and funny and never annoying. Willis for Best Actor! 5 stars
7/24/00 Tyler Peterson IT SUCKED 1 stars
7/22/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble A night of my life gone, watching this flick. I've grown up to be a loser! 1 stars
7/17/00 Michael Grimm a little slow to develop but the ending was worth it 4 stars
7/14/00 Elizabeth ramos Just one of his best movies 4 stars
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  07-Jul-2000 (PG)


  26-Sep-2000 (PG)

Directed by
  Jon Turteltaub

Written by
  Audrey Wells

  Bruce Willis
  Spencer Breslin
  Emily Mortimer
  Lily Tomlin
  Chi McBride

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