Reviewed by: Suad
Bejtovic, Bosnian Movie Critic
Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin
||Maybe one day, someone in Disney saw Sixth
Sense, appreciated the widely unnoticed Bruce Willis' role, and decided to pair him up
with a boy again. Strangely enough, even though The Kid is cinematically as far from Sixth
Sense as a movie can be, the chemistry between Willis and the youngster, this time chubby
Spencer Breslin, worked again.
In The Kid, Willis is Russ Duritz, a ruthless
image consultant, who tells everybody like it is, or at least his interpretation of it.
He's good, and therefore, he is tolerated by big hotshots like sports club owners and
congresspeople. The movie tries to convince us that as a person, however, he is not as
good, and in the opening few sequences, Willis has been more of a villain than in the rest
of his career combined. Everybody knows that won't last, and it doesn't, because in his
life bursts Rusty, his eight year old self. Rusty is a kid with kid's dreams and simple
goals in life: to have a female companion, to have a dog and to fly jets. On the other
hand, he's the punching bag for the schoolyard bullies, which drives him to work hard to
become Russ, almost a bully himself, his main satisfaction in life coming from knowing
that he is far more powerful and rich than any of his childhood peers. Russ and Rusty see
the other version of themselves as a loser, for different reasons. Together, however, they
will fight the demons of their past and future, towards the final redemption.
Although it may sound
formulaic, The Kid is a likeable movie, with many sincere laughs, and with a few
misty-eyed moments. Its stabs at psychoanalysis and the meanings of life are, of course,
over the top, but the action that is driving the movie is always focused, so the viewer
doesn't really care about different how's and why's. It's a typical Disney movie, made for
children, but very watchable by accompanying adults, addressing certain issues that are in
the back of all of ours minds; what happened with my dreams, did I grow up to be a loser?
Willis is back to his comic routine, flashing his trademark smirk at the slightest
provocation, goofing around and working well with Breslin. The supporting cast is very
good, too, headed by Lily Tomlin, the secretary/slave for the intense Russ and his
dark-eyed coworker with a killer British accent, Ellen Mortimer. My favorite is Jean Smart
in the small, but adorable role of Deirdre LeFevre, a southern anchor with the plan to
make it in Hollywood. She squeezes out some image-consulting advice from Russ for her
silence during a flight at the beginning of the movie, but she'll return the favor with
some more down-to-earth advice of her own later.
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