|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|
|Producer:||Steven Reuther, Peter Abrams, Robert L Levy|
|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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