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  • Summary: Loosely based on a true story, this unique and inspiring comedy is a buddy movie with a fresh twist. (Wheels Up Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. 75
    Not a great film, but you know what? It achieves what it sets out to achieve, and it isn't boring, and it kept me intrigued and involved. As an actor, Eric Gores creates an engaging and convincing character that I liked and cared about -- and believed.
  2. It is difficult to imagine anyone but Spheeris pulling off this movie, undercutting all mawkishness, bringing to it nuance and shading, not to mention wit. The result is an enjoyable family movie.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    It's the weird proximity of fact and fiction that could push this Penelope Spheeris-directed comedy into another cultish realm entirely.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    40
    Gores certainly seems to be enjoying himself, and diplomacy and plain old good taste prevent one from saying much of anything about his screen performance. Arnold doesn't merit such kindness, nor does producer and director Penelope Spheeris, whose work barely rates above the level of rote competence.
  5. Though The Kid & I falters as both a comedy and an After School Special, it works as a rather touching episode of "This is Your Life," with a parade of cameos from Arnold's career that'll coax a sniffle or two from his family.
  6. Arnold's heart is in the right place, but somebody needs to save him from himself - and soon.
  7. 25
    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.

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