The Kid (2000)

the kid disney movieSometimes your 8 year-old self shows up out of the blue and wipes snot on your Porsche.


I had forgotten all about this movie until I stumbled across it in my parents’ basement. This is a very original, very clever, and very funny film. I could call it “touching” but something about that word makes me feel like less of a man (which is saying a lot for someone who has endorsed both Pollyanna and An Affair to Remember).

This movie stars Bruce Willis, Emily Mortimer, and Spencer Breslin. There’s also an amusing cameo of Matthew Perry from Friends. (Yes, I just mentioned that sitcom. I also once featured Little Women on this blog, so there you go. You now have all my man cards.)

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  This film is very similar to other Bruce Willis movies. And when I say “very similar” I mean “not really similar at all.” Though I’ve heard Die Hard: With a Vengeance can also be quite touching.

bruce willis the kidOne of my favorite quotes from The Kid is spoken when little Rusty learns his life won’t end up the way he’d imagined: “So I’m forty, I’m not married, I don’t fly jets, and I don’t have a dog? [pause] I grow up to be a loser.”

This movie teaches us how not to be a loser — at least, not a loser in the sense of losing sight of what’s important in life.

As we grow older it becomes all-too-easy to justify the abandonment of basic priorities and principles that kids often see quite clearly — things like family, integrity, and even just being kind to other people.

We can be like Jesus Christ, who understood the difference between being childish and childlike.  Those who are childlike are submissive, meek, and humble enough to see the difference between right and wrong, and can accept correction when it is given to them.

As Randall K. Bennett once said, “It is never too hard or too late to make correct choices. Repentance is one of those critical correct choices.” So, as Neal A. Maxwell taught, “Be grateful for people in your lives who love you enough to correct you, to remind you of your standards and possibilities, even when you don’t want to be reminded.”

As we do so, submissively correcting our course when needed, we will grow up to become what we were meant to become, which was not, as Rusty so eloquently put it, a “loser.”

And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child…” — 3 Nephi 11:37

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