Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pay It Forward

This 2000 movie stars Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment. Haley is a boy who turns 12 and is living with his recently separated mother. Kevin Spacey plays his social studies teacher. The class is given the assignment "to go out and do something to change the world."

Haley comes up with a plan that later becomes a movement. It is called pay it forward. The idea is that one person helps three people and then each of them helps three people and so on and so on. The movie takes you through various people's transformations as they pay it forward.

**Spoiler**Unfortunately, all does not end well for Haley. In trying to help out a friend being bullied (and complete his pay it forward), he is stabbed and does not survive. The end shows all the people that were touched by the movement showing up for a candlelight vigil at his house where his mother and teacher are able to see just how far this is going.

Do yourself a favor and pay it forward. It will feel good!!

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