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"Pay It Forward"
Director: Mimi Leder
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment
What happened: Kevin Spacey was coming off an Oscar win for "American Beauty." Helen Hunt was three years removed from a win for "As Good As It Gets." Haley Joel Osment had just launched onto the scene in "The Sixth Sense." And a heartwarming premise at least seemed to have some meat on its bones. The pieces may have been in place but an Oscar season checkmate wasn't to be. The movie made a slight pop cultural dent (I actually do think of the concept of "paying it forward" when someone does something nice every now and then), but mostly, it went away like a puff of smoke.