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The Kid & I

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • An offbeat piece of real-life wish-fulfillment, THE KID & I stars Tom Arnold as Bill Williams, a down-and-out actor who, just like Arnold himself, had his greatest screen success opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in TRUE LIES. Just as Williams is about to kill himself, he gets the offer to write and star in an action film in which he will be teamed with hardcore TRUE LIES fan Aaron Roman (Eric Gores, Arnold's real-life neighbor), the cerebral palsy-stricken son of multimillionaire Davis Roman (Joe Mantegna). In a slightly cracked mirror version of the film's behind-the-scenes true story, Williams reluctantly agrees to the offer, only to find himself transformed by his young costar's indomitable spirit.

    As with reality TV, THE KID & I could almost be marketed as a documentary. Star Gore's wealthy father did commission neighbor Arnold to pen THE KID & I for his TRUE LIES-loving son, director Penelope Spheeris (WAYNE'S WORLD) appears as herself, and we even get to see some home movie footage of Gore as a child. But the result, which could have been cloying or exploitative, is an unusual family-friendly satire of Hollywood that doesn't shy away from a little darkness when necessary. Gore--who really does suffer from cerebral palsy--is a winning presence, game for anything and with sharp comic timing. And though one could go crazy trying to figure out where Bill Williams ends and Tom Arnold begins, his patented manic self-deprecation is appealing and he has a great foil in veteran character actor Richard Edson.
    • Rating - Language, crude humor, drug references
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DV70054

  • Credits
    Tom Arnold, Richard Edson, Joe Mantegna, Henry Winkler, Shannon Elizabeth, Linda Hamilton
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