The Kid (2000)

The Kid (2000)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Family | Fantasy
  • Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer


Russ Duritz is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he’s cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father, and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder, who turns out to be a kid, almost 8 years old. There’s something oddly familiar about the chubby lad, whose name is Rusty. The boy’s identity sparks a journey into Russ’s past that the two of them take – to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. Two long-suffering women look on with disbelief: Russ’s secretary, Janet, and his assistant, the lovely Amy, to whom Rusty takes a shine. What, and who, is at the end of this journey?

One comment

  • I saw this movie last night for the first time and I loved it. I was always seeing it at blockbuster, but never rented it because I thought it would be hokie and dumb. Bruce Willis in a movie about a guy who gets visited by his kid self, come on! Boy was I wrong. This movie surprised me in more ways than one.

    First I would like to say it was really funny and heart-warming. Bruce Willis can deliver comedic lines very well. He has proven he is a dynamic and versatile actor in the last few years. He can do drama like Unbreakable, suspense like the Sixth Sense, and comedy. The kid who plays him at 8 years old is also very good and likeable. Lily Tomlin is great as Bruce Willis’ personal assistant. She injects a lot of humor to the story and interacts very well with Willis’ character.

    The movie is not just for kids as you quickly find out in the first 15 minutes. It is a story for anybody of any age. The message that you can be what you want in life is very profound throughout the film. It illustrates to the audience how your life can turn out differently depending on the choices you make along the way. I also liked how the movie told us how life is a journey that can go in many directions. A person just has to make things happen and go for what makes them happy.

    The bond and relationship that forms between present day Willis and his kid self is very sweet and endearing. Willis learns to forgive and accept who he was as a kid in order to better understand who he is as an adult. He learns and grows throughout the film and reaches a point of happiness and satisfaction that leads him to realize his life is not so bad.

    I recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a feel-good comedy that entertains and makes you think of life’s possibilities.

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