The Kid & I (2005) Eric Gores, who costars in The Kid & I , doesn't weigh 39 pounds. He was, however, born with cerebral palsy and appears to be… 2005-12-02 PG-13 PT93M Drama Tom Arnold Eric Gores Shannon Elizabeth Joe Mantegna Slowhand Cinema
Movie Review

The Kid & I (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
NO COMMENT A film-within-a-film about a tirelessly inspirational teen
NO COMMENT A film-within-a-film about a tirelessly inspirational teen
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Dec 02, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Tom Arnold and Eric Gores; Distributor: Slowhand Cinema

Eric Gores, who costars in The Kid & I, doesn't weigh 39 pounds. He was, however, born with cerebral palsy and appears to be a cheerful, well-adjusted young man. Ergo he is celebrated — ceaselessly — as an inspiration to the unafflicted. In this Möbius strip of a cloying indie project, Gores plays one Aaron Roman, a teenager with CP who inspires the unafflicted by acting beside them in a True Lies-like movie commissioned by his rich father (Joe Mantegna). In the movie-within-a-movie, Gores' Roman stars as an action hero with CP. Tom Arnold, formerly of True Lies, is a washed-up, suicidal actor who writes the script and costars with the kid.

Arnold did in fact write and produce The Kid & I; he lives next door to Gores, whose rich father funded the picture. The similarly inspired (and, one assumes, remunerated) include Linda Hamilton, Henry Winkler, and a startling cast of bigwigs in cameo appearances. Wayne's World's Penelope Spheeris directs and also plays herself, in a movie with a message as self-congratulatory as it is meta: All problems are surmountable when selfless Hollywooders work extra, extra hard, pulling together ''for the kid.''

Originally posted Nov 30, 2005 Published in issue #853 Dec 09, 2005 Order article reprints