Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he's cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father (Daniel von Bargen), and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder (Spencer Breslin), who turns out to be a kid, almost 8 years old. There's something oddly familiar about the chubby lad, whose name is Rusty. The boy's identity sparks a journey into Russ's past that the two of them take - to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. Two long-suffering women look on with disbelief: Russ's secretary, Janet(Lily Tomlin), and his assistant, the lovely Amy, to whom Rusty takes a shine. What, and who, is at the end of this journey? Written by
WILHELM SCREAM: While Russ is talking to Amy, someone screams in a movie on television that Rusty is watching. See more »
When Russ is talking to his assistant about seeing a kid on his property, then goes to sleep he is wearing a blue t-shirt with UCLA on the top left and dark sweatpants, later when he gets up with the bat to check what made the noise outside, he's wearing a grey t-shirt and grey sweatpants. See more »
Toshiya, let me ask you something. If you get called a jerk four times in a single day, does that make it true?
What, only four? Did you get up late?
Excuse me, I'm asking Toshiya.
Four times is a pattern. It have to be five times to be a fact.
Thank you. See? There's hope after all.
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Like a lot of movies involving little kids, this starts off "real cute" and likable...and then, after about a half hour or so, becomes the reverse.
That's certainly the case here in this time-travel story (which I usually love) where an adult meets a kid who his really him at the age of eight! Great premise and a great lead actor in Bruce Willis, but.....
The kid "Rusty" is a smart-aleck and whiny brat and Willis Rusty grown up now as "Russell" gets abrasive with his constant yelling. That is entertainment? No, thanks.
Young Breslin has gone on to become a very good child actor, being involved in a number of films including "The Cat In The Hat" opposite a more famous child actor: Dakota Fanning.
Overall, a disappointing film, especially with all the good press this movie got when it was released.
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