Trevor introducing his revolutionary idea to his classmates
My class and I walked into the classroom and soon realized we would be watching a movie today. Since the teacher was suggesting it, most of expected the movie to be a cheesy drama that would teach us “an important life lesson”. The stuff that most teachers would have never been able to explain to us herself. After the initial round of eye-rolls, most of us were staring intently at the screen after the first few minutes of the movie. We were engrossed in “Pay it Forward”, which is the story of a young boy who is struggling to fit in at his new school, deal with his home-life, and change the world, all at the same time.
The moving plot is set in urban Los Vegas, Nevada. It is the story of twelve-year-old Trevor whose new social studies teacher issues the class an interesting first assignment. They must come up with a plan that will influence the world in a positive way. While battling with an alcoholic single mother at home, and living in constant fright that his father will come back, Trevor looks beyond his own struggles and helps the people he believes are in need. For his assignment he comes up with the idea of “Pay it Forward”, who’s concept was that you perform a random act of kindness to someone, and ask that person to promise to help three other people. In Trevor’s mind, this would create a domino effect and spread throughout, leading to an unforeseen revolution. We also follow the story of the journalist, Chris Chandler (Jay Mohr) who is struggling to trace the source of the brilliant idea. Without even realizing it, Trevor not only influences the lives of his loved one’s, including his badly scarred teacher, but also more lives than he could have ever imagined. The story ends with a heart-numbing turn in plot that makes the movie all the more impactful.
The boy actor Haley Joel Osment portrays Trevor’s strong...