The Kid & I (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Kid & I (2005)



Critic Consensus: Well-intentioned but sappy, The Kid & I is a strange hybrid of comedy and cinema verite.

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Movie Info

Bill Williams is a down-and-out actor who is unexpectedly hired to write a sequel a la "True Lies," the action film that made him famous more than a decade ago. When Bill learns that his co-star is Aaron Roman, a rich kid with no acting experience, what appeared to be the chance for a major comeback turns into a series of outlandish complications. As the duo embarks on a journey of outrageous misadventures, the unlikely pair discovers that it takes more courage to face real life challenges than it does fighting bad guys on the big screen. Although Aaron may be inexperienced in acting, his tenacious spirit, unwavering optimism and unconditional friendship turns out to be an important, enduring gift to Bill.


Tom Arnold
as Bill Williams
Eric Gores
as Aaron Roman
Linda Hamilton
as Susan Mandeville
Joe Mantegna
as Davis Roman
Henry Winkler
as Johnny Bernstein
Richard Edson
as Guy Prince
Shannon Elizabeth
as Shelby Roman
Brenda Strong
as Bonnie Roman
Pat O'Brien
as Himself
Bill Goldberg
as Goldberg
Alejandro Patiño
as Apartment Manager
Pat O'Brien
as Himself
Branden R. Morgan
as Fake Reporter
Lisa Wilhoit
as Fake Reporter #2
Mark Chadwick
as Blind Guy
Penelope Spheeris
as Penelope Spheeris
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Critic Reviews for The Kid & I

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

The mesmerizingly awful The Kid & I is a historic first: a comedy about the making of a vanity production that is itself a vanity production.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 1/4

It's terribly uneven, it's far too corny and it's really not all that great, but it's so strange and so compelling that you have to see it.

December 5, 2005

It would be nice to say that The Kid & I delivers a heartwarming message of perseverance while showing a lighter side of Arnold and spotlighting a new star. Unfortunately, it would not be true.

December 2, 2005

Tom Arnold does have talent, but some self-defeating streak keeps him from using it.

December 2, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4

What sets The Kid & I apart from most Hollywood comedies is its restraint, on the part of Arnold, both as writer and actor, as well as Spheeris. Comedy actually grows out of character and situation.

December 2, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This wan attempt at inspirational comedy doesn't bother to look closely at anything.

December 2, 2005 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for The Kid & I

Cute and touching movie - but it was weird and seemed like it was made just like the movie in the movie...if that makes sense...

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