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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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by EricDSnider

"Pass the syrup."
3 stars

First of all, despite its title, PG rating, adorable trailers and Disney's egotistical attachment of the word "Disney's" to the name, "The Kid" (or, more accurately, "Disney's The Kid") is not a movie for kids.

Kids will be restless in this movie. It's too long for them, and its themes of recapturing the exuberance of youth are too heavy.

At the same time, I can't say adults will exactly be thrilled with it, either. It's a little lame, a lot manipulative, and only a little funny.

Wealthy image-consultant Russell Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a 40-year-old man with little or not regard for his fellow man. He berates his clients, abuses his secretary (Lily Tomlin), and treats his girlfriend, Amy (Emily Mortimer), like the tacked-on subplot she is.

Along comes a chubby little boy named Rusty (Spencer Breslin), who turns out to be Russell at age 8. How did Rusty come from 1968 to 2000? Thankfully, the movie avoids sci-fi questions like that and politely asks us to just go along with it on this one, which we're keen to do, because frankly, time-travel issues are starting to get old, and we'd rather not think about them.

The question the movie DOES ask is, What is Rusty doing here? Russell naturally assumes that he's supposed to teach this younger version of himself how not to get beaten up all through high school like he did. What he eventually learns is that it's the other way around: Young Rusty is supposed to rekindle in Russell all the childhood dreams and ideals he once had but has since lost, what with being a wealthy image-consultant and all.

The film, generically directed by Jon Turteltaub, is not without its charms. Bruce Willis, on top of things again with the legendary "Sixth Sense" and giddily entertaining "Whole Nine Yards," has that "Moonlighting" smirk again, and though he's a bit of a jerk, he's a likable one. (The first example of his rudeness is when he pays the tab for a woman ahead of him in line who can't find her purse, just because he's in a hurry and doesn't have time to wait for this idiot to find her money. When she says, "Oh, you didn't have to do that!," he replies, "I didn't do it for you." She calls him a jerk, but I say, way to go, Russ. I wish I had enough money to spend it getting slow people out of my way at checkout lines.)

Breslin is that rare breed of child actor who is cute without being irritating, and funny without being obnoxious. He and Willis almost make a good pair every now and then.

The film is 104 minutes long. Combined, I don't think there are five minutes under which (or, more often, over which) Marc Shaiman's vapid musical score is not playing. The film never justs lets the charaters talk; we have to hear this overbearing crap blasted constantly. Not sure what emotion you're supposed to feel? Don't worry, the music will tell you, loudly and badly. (Some themes, I'd swear, are lifted from "Tommy Boy.")

We should also mention something that doesn't usually need to be mentioned: bad editing. There are many, many times when actors' facial expressions and/or body language change from one shot to the next. Sheer sloppiness, and a sign of the assembly-line mentality that permeates the whole thing.

In the end -- well, OK, through the whole thing -- it's overly sentimental and syrupy. But it's occasionally funny, often entertaining, and undeniably charming.

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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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