The Kid

PLOT:

If you could talk to the child that you used to be, what advice would you give him? That question forms the basis of this comic fantasy. Forty-year-old Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy and powerful “image consultant” who has made a career out of telling people how to present themselves. But while he’s a success in business, he’s a failure in life; he’s vain, mean-spirited, and hasn’t been able to hold onto a marriage (or even a pet dog). One day, Russ is startled to meet Rusty (Spencer Breslin), a stocky kid whom he soon realizes is himself at the age of eight, having passed through a wrinkle in time. Young Rusty doesn’t seem much happier than the grown-up Russ, so the older man takes his younger self under his wing and tries to teach him how to avoid the mistakes he’s made, while Rusty encourages Russ to be a more caring human being. Along the way, Russ and Rusty become friends, and realize how much they can learn from each other.

What people are saying:

“Disney’s The Kid is warm-hearted and effective, a sweet little parable that involves a man and a boy who help each other become a better boy, and a better man. It’s a sweet film, unexpectedly involving, and shows again that Willis, so easily identified with action movies, is gifted in the areas of comedy and pathos: This is a cornball plot, and he lends it credibility just by being in it” 3 stars

“Now I’m a sucker for Bruce Willis movies but, this really was fabulous! Spencer did a great job, after watching this movie I will be sure to keep an eye open for his future films. This movie was very nostalgic and you finish feeling like this actually could have happened it was so well written! I would recommend this movie to sit down with your family, all in all clean and very funny!” 5 stars

“Bruce Willis’s emphasis on making his character satirize everybody around him for their personal flaws, especially his younger self, is a strong component of the film, but the dizzying and unacceptable science fiction and aimless script writing makes the film weak.” 2 stars

“When I went to see this movie in the theater there was only 4 adults there (all to see Bruce Willis). This movie was amazing. The story was powerful. Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin’s screen chemistry was wonderful, fun and exciting. You’ll fall in love with Breslin’s performance his laughs, his tears and his triumphs. Disney and Willis hit a home run.” 5 stars

“Even if you’re a die-hard Willis fan (no pun intended, seriously), do know that this film is strictly for kids 10 and under – and is great at being just that. There is simply not enough content for adults. It’s cute and plays like an after-school special, but you’ll feel robbed of your time if you watch it by yourself. Perfect for boys aged 5-10,” 3 stars

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