Cinema: And a Child Shall Lead Him

This time only his soul is dead, but Bruce Willis gets saved by a Kid again

Bruce Willis has been lucky, lately, with mysterious little boys. In The Sixth Sense, he rescued Haley Joel Osment from his uncomfortable relationships with the undead. In the altogether more benign--but still rather charming--The Kid, it is the child (chubby, good-natured Spencer Breslin) who saves Willis.

The star plays an image consultant named Russell Duritz whose clients are scumbags and whose life consists mainly of barking into cell phones, snapping at his assistant (played by Lily Tomlin, who is nobody's doormat) and avoiding a meaningful relationship with a morally centered woman named Amy (Emily Mortimer). Into his rich, empty life the...

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