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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Terrific acting by Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Movie PG-13 2001 120 minutes
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Thought Provoking Movie With Great Acting

This is one of my all time favorite movies and watch it at least twice a year, so please pardon if i sound a little biased. The acting from Bridges and Spacey is next level, and you feel fully immersed in the characters and the story. As the plot progresses and you learn more about all of the characters you are still left questioning (in a good way) what the reality of the situation truly is. This is not a fast paced drama, or a psychological thriller, but its a well crafted story that makes you think and keeps me coming back again and again.

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K-PAX has a couple of daunting movie cliché obstacles to overcome: the only-in-movies "land of cute crazy people" setting and the always popular "patient heals the doctor" theme. Despite all of that and an unwise decision to tie things up too neatly at the end, the film manages to make it work, thanks to outstanding work by stars Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges and a script that is warm, witty, and genuine.

Director Softley has a delicate touch. Sunlight splintered by a prism, a child's ruby slippers, Spacey is outstanding, as always, resisting the temptation to make Prot too adorable. The subtlety and grace of his performance are astonishing. Bridges does a fine job as the doctor, and his scenes with Spacey make the movie.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 26, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: August 13, 2002
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges , Kevin Spacey , Mary McCormack
  • Director: Iain Softley
  • Inclusion Information: Gay actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: a sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality
  • Last updated: April 23, 2022

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