Kevin Spacey plays a teacher who inspires his class to make
the world a better place. One student, Haley Joel Osment, decides everyone should do
something good for three people and ask them to "pay it forward" instead of pay
it back. Also with Helen Hunt, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Mohr, James Caviezel, Shawn Pyfrom and
Angie Dickinson. [2:02]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some sexual innuendo (a woman repeatedly asks a man why he
won't sleep with her) and some kissing, sometimes passionately. During an extended implied
sex scene, a man and woman take off their shirts (we see his bare chest and her bare
shoulders and part of the side of her breast) while she lies on top of him and they kiss.
A strange man approaches a young boy; the man doesn't do anything to the boy, but it's
implied that something could happen. We see a woman in her bra, a woman's pants unzipped
briefly while she's changing clothes, and scantily clad women waiting on tables and
dancing suggestively in a night club.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A person is fatally stabbed in the gut with a knife; also,
blood runs down a person's arm after being stabbed. A man holds a woman hostage and has
his arm around her neck, almost choking her. A person contemplates suicide and nearly
jumps off a bridge. A group of boys gang up on another boy, punching and kicking him, then
throwing him in a trash bin. A woman slaps a boy in the face, and a man punches another
and threatens to harm a boy. A man breaks a window with a metal bar. We see some
professional wrestling on television. A car slams into another. A man fires a gun twice
into the ground but no one gets hurt. A boy brings a knife to school. A boy utters mean
and disrespectful words to his mother. Throughout the movie we see a person with a scarred
face and body from burns; also, we see several needle scars on a man's arm. There's a
joking reference about a man killing his wife and some talk of a man pouring gas on his
son and lighting it, catching the boy on fire. A woman vomits in a sink.
PROFANITY 5 - A partially uttered F-word, several anatomical and
scatological references, a few mild obscenities, some religious obscenities, and several
insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alcoholism, substance abuse, love, doing the right
thing, death, honor, burn victims, school violence, family, homelessness, running away
from home, suicide, murder.
MESSAGE - Do your part to make the world a better place.