Pay It Forward has strong performances from Spacey, Hunt, and Osment, but the movie itself is too emotionally manipulative and the ending is bad. Trevor Haley Joel Osment is a bright year-old boy who comes from a troubled home; his mother Arlene Helen Hunt is an alcoholic trying to hold down two jobs to support her son, while Trevor's father Jon Bon Jovi left his family behind some time ago. At school, Trevor's class is introduced to their new social studies teacher, Mr.
Page 3 of 4 Book Reviews The story is a quick read, told with lean sentences and an edge Hyde pulls off a poignant, gutsy ending without bathos. Los Angeles Times The philosophy behind the book is so intriguing, and the optimism so contagious, that the reader is carried along with what turns out to be a book that lingers long after the last page is turned.
Denver Post Eighth-grader Trevor is challenged by his social-studies teacher to do something that will change the world. His rule is to do one very good deed for three different people, telling them that rather than paying him back, they are to "pay it forward" to three others.
When the numbers grow exponentially, The Movement starts and the world is changed. Hyde uses a variety of writing styles and techniques to present the story: The central character changes in these chapters as the story moves forward but these shifts are clear enough that most readers should not be confused.
A short, unsavory sexual episode results in a violent, sacrificial ending that is softened somewhat through foreshadowing. Young Adults —Claudia Moore, W. Twelve-year-old Trevor McKinney, the son of Arlene, a single mom working two jobs, and Ricky, a deadbeat absentee dad, does not seem well-positioned to revolutionize the world.
But when Trevor's social studies teacher, Reuben St. Clair, gives the class an extra-credit assignment, challenging his students to design a plan to change society, Trevor decides to start a goodwill chain.
To begin, he helps out three people, telling each of them that instead of paying him back, they must "pay it forward" by helping three others. At first, nothing seems to work out as planned, not even Trevor's attempt to bring Arlene and Reuben together.
Granted, Trevor's mother and his teacher are an unlikely couple: But eventually romance does blossom, and unbeknownst to Trevor, his other attempts to help do "pay forward," yielding a chain reaction of newsworthy proportions. Reporter Chris Chandler is the first to chase down the story, and Hyde's narrative is punctuated with excerpts from histories Chandler publishes in later years Those Who Knew Trevor Speak and The Other Faces Behind the Movementas well as entries from Trevor's journal.
Trevor's ultimate martyrdom, and the extraordinary worldwide success of his project, catapult the drama into the realm of myth, but Hyde's simple prose rarely turns preachy. Her [Frank] Capra-esque theme, that one person can make a difference, may be sentimental, but for once, that's a virtue.
Publishers Weekly It started with a school assignment that a year-old boy embraced, and it changed everything. That is, he'll do something really good for three people, who, instead of paying him back, will be asked to pay it forwardAby aiding someone else.
And so on, and so on. But hard as he tries, Trevor's projects seem to fail: Greenberg, whose beloved garden Trevor tends, dies; and Trevor's attempts at matchmaking his lonely teacher with his feisty single mother sparks then fizzles. But then, things take a turn for the better: Greenberg's will keep the movement going and saving lives, and then a tenacious reporter tells the story.
Even if the seed for this concept came from Lloyd Douglas's Magnificent Obsession, Hyde's Earthquake Weather book is still an uplifting, tear-jerking, and inspiring modern fable, with an extremely appealing young protagonist.
For all reading audiences. It all starts with a man and a boy. The man, Reuben St.Pay it Forward: The Movie Directed by Mimi Leder Filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada Trevor McKinney, Arlene McKinney, Eugene Simonet Relativity to Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology.
"Pay It Forward," a sticky feel-good movie based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, already has folks fuming because the hero is a white burn victim instead of a black Vietnam veteran, as in the. Our Reading Guide for Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde includes a Book Club Discussion Guide, Book Review, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio.
Oct 20, · The movie intercuts between the predictable progress of the romance and the uncertain progress of Trevor's pay-it-forward scheme.
We meet various supporting characters who get involved in paying it forward, and the time line is not always clear/5. Pay It Forward is a movie that is aimed at one particular audience.
The kind of audience that expects to have their life changed as the minutes tick by. And as a film that provides profound, poignant and tear-jerking moments, Pay It Forward will be perfect for this manner of audience.
The title of the movie is Pay It Forward; it was released into the theatre on October 20, nationwide. The director was Mimi Leder who did other films such as Peacemaker and Deep Impact.