Disney’s The Kid

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Disney’s The Kid (2000 Movie)

“Disney’s The Kid” is a comedy-drama film released in 2000. The movie is directed by Jon Turteltaub and stars Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, and Lily Tomlin in the lead roles.

The story revolves around Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis), a successful image consultant in his 40s who is self-absorbed and emotionally disconnected. One day, Russ encounters an 8-year-old boy named Rusty (Spencer Breslin) in his house, who claims to be his younger self. At first, Russ thinks he is hallucinating or going crazy, but he soon realizes that Rusty is indeed a younger version of himself.

As Russ spends time with Rusty, he learns valuable life lessons and gains insight into the person he used to be and the person he has become. Through his interactions with Rusty, Russ begins to reevaluate his priorities and learns to appreciate the importance of family, friendship, and being true to oneself.

Throughout the film, Russ tries to figure out how and why Rusty is there and what he needs to do to help the young boy. Along the way, he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Janet (played by Lily Tomlin), and discovers the impact he had on her life.

“Disney’s The Kid” is a heartwarming and humorous film that explores themes of self-discovery, personal growth, and the importance of staying true to one’s inner child. It combines elements of fantasy, comedy, and drama to deliver a touching and uplifting story.

The film received positive reviews for its touching narrative and the chemistry between Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin. It was praised for its ability to resonate with both adults and children, delivering meaningful messages about self-reflection and personal transformation.

Overall, “Disney’s The Kid” is a charming and entertaining family film that reminds viewers of the importance of embracing one’s past, present, and future while cherishing the childlike wonder that lives within all of us.

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  • Year Released: 2000
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $110.3 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Bruce Willis: Russell Morley “Russ” Duritz
  • Spencer Breslin: young Rusty Duritz
  • Emily Mortimer: Amy
  • Lily Tomlin: Janet
  • Chi McBride: Kenny
  • Juanita Moore: Kenny’s Grandmother
  • Jean Smart: Deidre Lefever
  • Dana Ivey: Dr. Suzanne Alexander
  • Reiley McClendon: Mark
  • Steve Tom: Bruce, the Lawyer
  • Larry King: himself
  • Jeri Ryan: herself
  • Nick Chinlund: himself
  • Matthew Perry (uncredited): Mr. Vivian
  • Daniel von Bargen: Sam Duritz
  • Melissa McCarthy: Skyway Diner Waitress
  • Elizabeth Arlen: Gloria Duritz


  • Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producer: Hunt Lowry, Christina Steinberg and Jon Turteltaub

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.