Year: 2000
USA & UK: Warner Bros
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, James Caviezel, Haley Joel Osment, Shawn Pyfrom, Jon Bon Jovi, Angie Dickinson, Marc Donato, Rusty Meyers Jay Mohr, David Ramsey, Jeanetta Arnette
Director: Mimi Leder
Country: USA
USA: 125 mins
UK: 123 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic elements including substance abuse/recovery, some sexual situations, language and brief violence
UK Certificate: 12 contains some moderate violence, language, drugs and sexual references
USA Release Date: 20 October 2000
UK Release Date: 26 January 2001


Everything in social studies teacher Eugene Simonet's (Kevin Spacey) life is in order. To keep the surface placid means never having to go deeper. And no one and nothing in his life has ever asked him to.

Arlene McKinney (Helen Hunt) is a single mother hanging on by her fingertips, working two jobs, and struggling to raise her son, Trevor (Haley Joel Osment). She is trying to give him a new life, but in her absence she is losing him.

Eugene gives Trevor's class an assignment: look at the world around you and fix what you don't like. But can you fix people?

Two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey (AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE USUAL SUSPECTS), Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt (AS GOOD AS IT GETS) and Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment (THE SIXTH SENSE) star in PAY IT FORWARD. Warner Bros Pictures, in association with Bel-Air Entertainment, presents the film, which is directed by Mimi Leder (DEEP IMPACT) from a screenplay by Leslie Dixon (THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, MRS DOUBTFIRE), based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde.