Pay It Forward, have you watched the movie? What do you think about it?

@ladygam (564)
Philippines
December 25, 2006 2:28am CST
I saw the movie last night on 23 (it's a local channel in my country). I would say I was really moved. The idea of spreading the goodness that has been done to you is pretty novel since the most common happening in our society is spreading vindication. And what's more amazing is that a child came up with the idea for his social studies project. A child whose mind has never been corrupted by the evil that surrounds us. For the benefit of those who haven't seen the movie, Pay-it-forward means you have to do something good for three people and, in turn, those 3 people would return the favor to three other people. Kind of like multi-level marketing, but here, you don't co people. So, tell me what you think? Do you think it is that simple? Would it really work?
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@mforseth (169)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I saw the movie and was also very moved. I think it is really is that simple. Unfortunately most of us over analize it and then screw it up. I would love to see it part of a school course. Can you just imagine if this concept was introduced to all students? Dream for a moment. What would the world really look like if people were focused on "paying it forward" verus "what's in it for me". What a glorious world we would live in. Thank you for posting this discussion. It is like paying it forward to remind people to think of others and do good to all mankind.
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@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
25 Dec 06
True that! People often tend to oversee what's right in front of our face. We always have to be reminded. Awareness would be the operative word for this. If we are aware of it, we think about it, consider it, and do it if we think it is morally, ethically correct. In the end, it would come back to us in a bigger package. I believe in the inate goodness of every being...
• United States
26 Dec 06
Pay it forward is something my grandfather taught me to do many,many years ago. At that time there was no name except treating others as you would be treated and trusting those people to pass it on. Have to say i liked the movie.
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@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Excellent movie. Very sad and moving. I've watched it several times. I think it really would work. In a way, I kind of try to do it myself. I've given money to people before at the gas station if they're just out of gas and happen to not have any money (only a couple bucks though). Sometimes you get things you don't expect too. Once someone from a message board helped me get audiobooks for like 6 months since I'm dyslexic and hadn't gotten to read a lot of good books because I couldn't afford audiobooks. It was really very nice of them and I greatly enjoyed doing all of that reading. And I try to pass on favors whenever I can.
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@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
Cheers!
@momoside (35)
• United States
26 Dec 06
well, I try to do good deeds every now and then and hope that they will respond by doing something nice to another person in need. Today I had to go buy more soda from dairy barn and I felt so bad that these 2 teenagers were working so I gave them a tip. They were so appreciative and they were so nice. I hope that if somebody comes by for bread or milk and is short a few cents, they will take it out of their own pockets.
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@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
you can never imagine how a good deed snowballs... thanks.
@djb876 (93)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I saw this movie in the theatre and thought it was good. My husband watched it at home on TV and thought it was FANTASTIC!!! He was so moved by the idea that he created and printed tee shirts about his most heart-felt concern...people's lack of understanding about Jesus. He gave hundreds of these shirts away, and gave presentations about them, asking that people give their free tee shirt away to someone that they share the Jesus story with. We saw it work among students and adults. The concept of pay-it-forward could revolutionize the way we treat one another! Super post!
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
thanks! cheers to people like you...
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
25 Dec 06
Pay it Forward is a GREAT movie!! and one of my favs actually...Both my husband and I practice the "pay it forward" ways (though not in 3s, just whenever the opportunity arises)...Its a true shame that more ppl dont ya know....and if everyone were to I think it would do wonders in society but lets face it, there are just too many self absorbed and shallow ppl out there...that doesnt mean though that we shouldnt practice it...100 ppl paying it forward is better than none ya know..
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@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
quite right! thanks...
@kyle930 (763)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I have seen the movie a few times. I think that the ending is very extreme. I dont know how well it would work actually. Maybe if the first person started it with more than three people because if it was just a small number of people then it would be to easy for just a few people to ruin the whole thing by not participating but if there were a few hundred people though then it would probably continue to grow and affect more and more people.
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@hottamale (116)
• United States
26 Dec 06
oh man, i can't watch this movie! Its sooooo sad! I mean, the conept is great and I love how it takes affect thru out the movie! I have never thought of doing it real life but I think it just kinda is that "do unto others" thing... ya know, what goes around comes around so just put other people first! It gives you a great feeling to know you can help someone
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@jess_meow (229)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I was sobbing at the end of that movie. I really love it's message, but I don't know if it could work in real life. I'd like to believe that when people are exposed to kindness, it affects them, and they try to become better. Still, some people would never 'pay it forward', but just stay the same old uncaring people.
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@indy181 (10)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Paying forward works when you have people that care for others.Some people will not participate btu most do.
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• United States
26 Dec 06
This is one of my favorite movies. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes to cry and laugh and who wants to get something out of a movie. The story is amazing. The world would be a better place if people would do more things like this. I try to, but even I get so caught up in my own life that I forget about others. The movie was a great story and the cast was tremendous! Love it!!
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@FraYFaN09 (1560)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I have seen Pay It Forward and I think it's a great movie! It shows how a single person, specifically a younger person, can change a community if he puts his mind to it. I hate teh ending though, it makes me sooo sad!
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@getnbuy (1314)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I loved that movie. I especially like Halley Joel Osment. I cried in the end. I didn't want him to die. My DIL had a different perspective, though. She said He gave his life for what he believed in. Still sad to me.
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• United States
25 Dec 06
I love that movie! It is a beautiful concept--if only a handful of people participated the world would be a better place. All it takes is a few people to make a difference--but as nice as the concept is I don't think it is as simple as it sounds. Think about it...you do something to help out a stranger and when they ask, "What can I offer you in return?" and your reply is simple, "Show kindness to three strangers..." --how amazing would this be!?! It's too bad the movie has such a sad ending. I cried alot and cry every time I watch it.
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• Philippines
25 Dec 06
i saw the movie once and it really moved me...the act of helping others has always been a noble act. its better to give than to receive
• United States
25 Dec 06
i absoloutly adore the movie! it has a wonderful meaning to it. but with the way the world is today im not too sure it could all work out perfectly it would be nice if it could though
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@modupe_ak (121)
• Nigeria
25 Dec 06
The story line is okay I mean the part about doing good and other people should return the favor to other people. the chain can neva just continue in real life. Many people lack intergrity, evil and greedy. I didnt like the end because the main character had to die but i realised it had to be concluded like that because of so much evil in the world. You plan to make the world a better place but there are the majority who just never want good to happen in the world
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
right, but there is really no harm i trying is there? thanks for the comment...
@budsr03 (2354)
• Canada
26 Dec 06
It doesn't matter to me if people don't pay it forward. When I have extra or even if I don't I give because it makes my heart dance! I expect nothing in return but a simple smile or a thank you. When my time is up on Earth I will leave with nothing. With a bit of work material things can be replaced should I need or want. The special feelings I get from giving are truly priceless and I don't regret or wonder why I do this for one second. Just do it for to give is to gain.
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
i liked that...
• United States
25 Dec 06
I have seen parts of the movie but I know what it's about. Yes, it's a good cocept but I had it happen to me one day and it was terriable. I was at the drive through at McDonalds. I was getting some ice water because it was hot out. That's all I orderd. When I pulled up to the window the lady handed me a cheesburger meal. I told her it wasn't mine. She said the person behing me ordered it for me. I stopped my truck went back to thank her. I asked why. She responded she thought I need some burgers to go with that ice water. I thnaked her and she said just pay it forward. OK now here is where I will gripe about this situation. 1. When she said she thought I needed a burger with the water. Um....if I wanted a burger I would have got one. Mind your own business lady. Where does she get offf thinking she knows what someone else wants or needs. What if I was a vegitarian or on a strict diet or something like that? 2. The meal I got was one of the worst I have ever gotten from tehre. The fries were cold, and very little flavor. The cheesburgers were cold and incrediabley salty. If I was to pay it forward I would be in the negitve zone. So sometimes people it's just best to mind your own darn business.
• United States
26 Dec 06
She was just trying to be nice. Her heart was in the right place :)
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
i guess she picked the wrong guy. lol. i think she wanted you to give it to some homeless person because she knew somehow that you wouldn't like it. or maybe she likes you and wants you to notice her.
@abilbrey (114)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I feel all people should watch this movie. It would make people think of how to be a giver and not a taker. It shows the goodness of man. It would really work if people keep the commitment.
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
1 Jan 07
Gee, thanks for that.
@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Dec 06
I have heard of it working. Oprah Winfrey encouraged the Pay It Forward system. I just don't see how you can tell someone, now they have to do something good for someone else. And isn't it supposed to be anonymous? Receiving cookies from an anonymous person prevents that person from enjoying the cookies. They could be poisoned.I would just hope that by being on the receiving end of a good deed you would be prompted to do good for others. I had a plan one year to buy a bunch of flowers on Valentine's Day and stand out on the street and hand them out to strangers as they passed by. Too bad I didn't have the money to afford such a thing.
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
30 Dec 06
"it's the the thought that counts", the cliche just popped in my mind. ;)