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Pay it Forward

Rating:PG-13 (for mature elements: substance abuse/recovery, some sexual situations, language and brief violence)
Release Date:October 20, 2000
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Jon Bon Jovi
Director:Mimi Leder
Producer:Steven Reuther, Peter Abrams, Robert L Levy
Writer:Leslie Dixon
Distributor:Warner Bros. Pictures

Description: Eugene Simonet, an emotionally and physically scarred social studies teacher, challenges his young students to devise some type of philanthropic plan and put it into effect. A young boy, whose own life is far from rosy, takes the assignment to heart and invents the "pay-it-forward" philosophy, which encourages paying back favors in advance. The whole town embraces the boy's concept, and random acts of kindness become a community pastime. Though celebrated by acquaintances and the media, the boy struggles at home with his alcoholic mother, and the only one who recognizes his lonely fight is Eugene Simonet.

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