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Pay It Forward

This has got to be my absolute favourite film. It stars Haley Joel Osment (The kid from sixth sense, another of my favourite films) Helen Hunt as his Mum, Jon Bon Jovi as his very distant Dad and Kevin Spacey as the school teacher who sparks it all off.

Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) has a school project where he has to think of something that will change the world. He comes up with the 'Pay It Forward' concept. You do one good deed for three people who then pay it forward to three other people. This continues with everyone paying it forward to three people so what starts as one good deed can ultimately affect the whole world.

As I am aware, this is not a new concept, I believe it was described in a letter written by Benjamin Franklin back in the 1700's but there are a lot of people who support the theory and there is even a foundation for supporters to join (

The film was originally a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde but in my opinion it is one of the rare occasions when the film is better than the book so if you haven't seen it yet, you must. Let me know what you think.


RobertaSunset RobertaSunset 36-40, F 26 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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I've seen Grease and also Phantom both the TV version and at the theatre (Highly recommend that) but I haven't yet seen any of the others you've mentioned so maybe I'll have to give them a go. Thanks for your suggestions.

May I offer a few? One of my favorite movies of all time is probably My Fair Lady, so highly suggest that one. The Phantom of the Opera is close to being an opera, but the music is absolutely gorgeous (if you're into music) and the plot line is fairly captivating. Rent is a must see--will always adore that movie! Um...and then The Producers is absolutely hilarious if you're up for something lighter!

Depends what you like, really. Chicago if you want something dark, Moulin Rouge if you want something romantic, Grease if you enjoy teen stories, any of the old Doris Day / Deanna Durbin / Astaire and Rogers if you want something usually quite light and fluffy.

Ok What are your Top rated musicals that you think I should watch?

Yes, maybe you're missing out. In the good ones you might get significant character development taking place during one of the songs :)

I don't really watch that much TV, too busy but I like a good story line. I think that's why I stayed away from Musicals because I think they sometimes stick a song in to make up for lack of story. Never seen Moulin Rouge either, I'm beginning to think I need to catch up with everyone! :o)

I think there are some pretty-good musicals out there. Chicago's a particular favourite of mine, as you'll have guessed from my story today. I really liked Moulin Rouge, too, from the more modern films. Do you not like many of the old films that are musicals, robbo21?

Never seen West Side Story, Perhaps pompously, I steered clear of musicals because I thought I wouldn't like that sort of thing, but under duress, I watched The Sound Of Music for the first time with my hubby and I absolutely loved it (have been to the west end to see it since) so I keep meaning to look out for West Side Story to see what I think of that too.

Have you seen West Side Story? What do you think of that?

I love the story of Romeo and Juliet and when we went to Italy recently, even harrased my husband to take me to the place where they filmed the famous balcony scene. Just hated Hollywood's "Artistic" attempt at Olde English and the whole modern day thing, it is a classic story for a reason and didn't need to be messed about with.

Sorry, I'm repeating yourself :) Not an attempt at olde English - just a fact, I was obviously asleep and didn't see the earlier explanation of the saying. I saw a clip of that in film class and a friend bought me a copy recently. Not had a chance to see it yet though. I think it would be interesting, whether enjoyable or not.

Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio Strange because I usually like him in films but I didn't get that far, I just thought it was rubbish and switched it off.

Like homework! I leave my Calc homework and it stacks up as long as I leave it stagnant until I'm swimming in a sea of practically impossible math problems I have very little ambition, other than the wish of a good grade, to solve. <br />
Robbo21, are you talking about the version with Leonardo DiCaprio in it? We watched that in school: it was sort of strange, considering, like you said, they were speaking old english and then fighting, not with swords, but guns. The epic duel between Romeo and Paris was sort of rendered hilarious in the movie, or maybe I just have a weird sense of humor...I found the whole scene over-exaggerated and melodramatic.

It's a sewing metaphor I believe. When a small mend is all that is necessary, it should be done there and then. If it is left, nine stitches will be needed instead of the one. Just reflecting on my leaving things a bit too late, then they get harder to get done. I've not seen the recent film of Romeo and Juliet. Not even read the play yet!

A stitch in time..... Its like my ironing pile, thanks for that!!<br />
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The Romeo and Juliet I was talking about was the film that was set in modern day but they spoke in Olde English:<br />
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Y doeth methink'st it thee most brethren and fouleth and Y bideth ye to knoweth. Y beseech thee, therefore canst thou find a good film that yee understandeth?<br />
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See what I meaneth?

Which version of Romeo and Juliet...or are you talking about the book? Adore the book, not so sure about the many adaptations. <br />
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Yes, all the blockbusters in our town mysteriously disappeared too. I suspect a conspiracy is running amuck...<br />
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Oh, and a stitch in time saves nine means something about how spending time on little problems now will save you from dealing with bigger problems later, which is something I never do unfortunately! Or maybe you're using it under a different contect JMO! :-) <br />
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There are always opportunities for pointless comments, hope this one hits the mark a bit better, but then, what this one makes up for in topicality, it loses in length... :D

A stitch in time saves nine? I might be stupid but I don't know what that means. Does it mean be quicker? I know what you mean about video shops shutting down, the block busters in our area closed as well, still got choices though. :-) I shouldn't take my word that its a great film, you might think its rubbish. People are different that's all, my daughter in law loved Romeo and Juliet so much she brought that, but I thought it was absolute pants, takes all though eh?

What I meant is I tend to buy instead of rent, because I often like to watch films I love over and over, so works out cheaper for me. Library DVDs aren't free either, but I'm in libraries all the time, so possible to be tempted there. All the blockbusters in our area have closed down, probably due to the internet; few years back they were the cause of all the little video shops closing down. I used to love the little stroll to the nearest video shop with my brother when I was a kid, and drool at the sight of films on display that I thought I might watch some day...<br />
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Pointless comments? Never!<br />
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I love those sayings which have so much truth in them. A stitch in time saves nine - now if only I lived by that one!

You have to live too though. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Maybe true but but you could just die an early death of boredom waiting. I say, go down the video shop and get your mates round - tell them that they are buying the beer if you want to be cautious!

Never rent movies? I don't know, I guess there's a movie rental place within biking distance so whenever there's a movie I yearn to see, I go there, but libraries are costless so I guess I see your point! (Just reread my comment and realized its rather frivolous...oh well :-D

Virtually never rent. Do sometimes borrow from library though. Will let you know if I see it!

Oh well, you could maybe add it to your "wish list" if its not in your local video/DVD store?

I tend to quite enjoy roles chosen by Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey, so not sure how that one passed me by, but eyes now open. If I hadn't blown so much cash this month already, I'd be on amazon by now :)

Mmm, this is a brilliant movie! The characters play the roles memorably to the point of staying with you long after the credits have rolled off the screen, and poor, maybe I shouldn't say anything else there! <br />
I fell in love with the concept and a few of my friends and I once attempted to get our school all in on the idea, but of course, movie magic occasionally does not translate as well to real life as it should and in the end, the idea fell on the wayside. Perhaps another go would start it up again!

Oh you should its awesome!

Mmm. Not come across this one. Will let you know if I get a chance to see it :)