New York Times - 07/07/2000
"...[A] family-friendly comedy....Embraces turn-of-the-century self-help ideology in a crushingly sincere masculine bearhug..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/21/2000
"...Secret intelligence....Willis teams up happily with [Breslin]..." -- Rating: B
Rolling Stone - 08/03/2000
"...[Willis and Breslin are] feisty and fun as a physical match-up..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/07/2000
"...It's a sweet film, unexpectedly involving, and shows again that Willis, so easily identified with action movies, is gifted in the areas of comedy and pathos..."
Russ Duritz is a success--he has looks, he has money, and he has power. The only things he's missing are friends and a conscience. But when an eight-year-old boy mysteriously keeps popping up in his high-security home, Russ finds things getting strange: The boy turns out to be himself at age eight--Rusty. Once Russ is able to even accept that the boy is who he says he is (with the hilarious help of Dana Ivey as a therapist under pressure and Lily Tomlin as Russ's assistant), he resists being associated with that image of himself yet again: a pudgy "loser" with a speech impediment. His halfhearted attempts to court his assistant, Amy, are accelerated when his younger self decides to take a hand. Russ thinks he's supposed to help his eight-year-old self become less of a geek, but Rusty might be there to teach Russ a thing or two about the things that really matter. Director Jon Turteltaub also produced this nostalgic, shamelessly emotional film, which features cameos by Larry King and Harold Greene.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Disney's The Kid
International superstar Bruce Willis (UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE), along with Lily Tomlin (9 TO 5, TEA WITH MUSSOLINI), Emily Mortimer (SCREAM 3, NOTTING HILL), and newcomer Spencer Breslin star in the hilarious and heartwarming comedy DISNEY'S THE KID. Successful, high-powered Russ Duritz (Willis) has spent all of his incredibly empty life forgetting the child he used to be -- until one day, he meets him face-to-face! Thinking this kid is a hallucination, Russ does everything he can to make him go away. But 8-year-old Rusty (Breslin), who's anything but happy that he grows up to be a loser without real meaning in his life, can't leave -- at least not yet. At once funny and charming, DISNEY'S THE KID is a magical comedy that's filled with adult-sized laughs.
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Theatrical release: June 7, 2000.
For the scene where Willis gets in his car and chases his younger self--who is fleeing on a bicycle--Turteltaub had run out of time in the last week to shoot it on the streets. Instead, the second unit filmed the background, then Willis was shot in the foreground in a parked Porsche on a soundstage in front of a green screen, pretending to be driving.
Close-ups of Willis's face at the airport at night had to be shot on a soundstage. Crew members used fog and the same lights from the shoot at the airport to re-create the scene on a soundstage for Willis to do his close-ups.