The Kid Stays in the Picture



Truly a gripping story, but for mature teens only.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Racial epitephs towards Roman Polanski


Clips of famously violent classic movies, main character accused of part in murder


Mild sexual references


Strong language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Character arrested for drug use

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong language, including slurs about Roman Polanski, who is Polish. There are some non-graphic sexual references and some drug use, which is amended by an amusing all-star sing-a-long called "Get High on Yourself!" arranged by Evans. And of course, there are some violent clips of the R-rated movies that Evans produced, including the most famous scene in Chinatown.

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What's the story?

THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE puts the spotlight on the tumultuous life of Robert Evans, a prolific Hollywood producer who had it all, lost it all, regained most of, all while living a life filled with sex, drugs, and movie stars. This film is based on Evans' autobiography and he narrates, starting with being discovered by Norma Shearer to play a bit role in James Cagney's Man of a Thousand Faces. He takes parts in some minor films, including a hilariously campy horror flick. After a take on the set of The Sun Also Rises, film legend Daryl F. Zanuck states, "The kid (Evans) stays in the picture!" Evans works his way up to becoming head of production of Paramount Pictures during the making of hits like Rosemary's Baby and Love Story, but the studio really takes off with the making of The Godfather. Evans gives us an intimate look at the making of now classic movies, as well as his marriages and dates with beautiful women, and his struggles to stay on top before his cocaine bust and downfall.

Is it any good?


The Kid Stays in the Picture is truly a gripping, fascinating story, and Evans is very lucky to have gotten his career back on track. Film fans are going to have a field day with this one with the clips of classic films and the stories about Hollywood legends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the significance of this movie's title. They can also discuss what would happen if certain events that almost didn't work out actually failed; can anyone imagine Francis Ford Coppola not directing The Godfather? Anyone who sees this film should enjoy seeing the aforementioned modern-day classics that Evans worked on.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 26, 2002
DVD release date:August 19, 2003
Cast:Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Robert Evans
Director:Brett Morgan
Studio:USA Films
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:drug use, language, sexuality, and violence

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