“Pay It Forward”
Every now and again there is a film release which sticks in your mind for all of the right reasons, funny, serious and with a great hidden message. “Pay It Forward” is one of these films, once seen never forgotten and likely to make you think about everyday life and how you can make the world a better place.
The film centres around a young boy and his school studies where his class are asked to think of a plan to make the world a better place and put a smile back on the face of society. He comes up with a plan whereby he does a good turn for people and then asks them to “Pay It Forward” by doing a good turn to three other people.
The plan takes off and before long the trend is taking over his local town the next town the next state and so on. Such is the support and passion for his new “Pay Back” system that he is soon courted by the media and made into something of a TV star. Determined to do his bit to make society a better place he continues to pursue his idea, touching all areas of society.
As you may expect from a film spreading good throughout society there is always a twist in the tale and unfortunately not all recipients of “Pay It Forward” appreciate the well meaning thoughts. The young boy soon becomes involved with a heavy drug taker, trying to help him turn his life around, but all does not go to plan in what has to be one of the saddest endings to a film.
For some time after its release this film spawned a lot of websites pushing the theory of “Pay It Forward” and became a trend amongst the young – not a bad results for a simple yet very well thought out idea.
The film has a great cast which includes Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, James Caviezel and Sophie Jovillard.