Was Pay it forward a true story? I would... — Catherine Ryan Hyde Q&A
Pay It Forward
Sign in. Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him.
Someone does you a good turn. You pass it on to three other people. They pass it on. And what a wonderful world this will be. That's the theory behind "Pay It Forward," a movie that might have been more entertaining if it didn't believe it. It's a seductive theory, but in the real world, altruism is less powerful than selfishness, greed, nepotism, xenophobia, tribalism and paranoia.
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The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is set in Las Vegas , and it chronicles year-old Trevor McKinney's launch of a goodwill movement known as " pay it forward ". The film was released on October 20, to mixed reviews, with most critics praising the acting, writing, music and cinematography but criticizing the story and accusing it of excessive emotional manipulation, particularly in its ending. His social studies teacher Eugene Simonet Kevin Spacey gives the class an assignment to devise and put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. Trevor's plan is a charitable program based on the networking of good deeds. He calls his plan " pay it forward ", which means the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others rather than paying the favor back.
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