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The Kid & I Details


A washed-up actor finds an unlikely path back to the big screen in this offbeat family comedy. Bill Williams (Tom Arnold) is an actor whose career has gone into a severe tailspin ever since his brief fling with fame -- a supporting role in the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sinking into a well of alcohol and depression, Williams unsuccessfully attempts suicide before his agent (Henry Winkler) tells him he's finally found a project for him. Aaron Roman (Eric Gores) is a teenager with cerebral palsy who loves action movies, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger. Aaron's father, Davis Roman (Joe Mantegna), is a very wealthy man -- so wealthy that, as a present for his son's 18th birthday, he's going to bankroll a professionally shot action movie which will star Aaron. Would Williams be willing to write and co-star in Aaron's birthday movie? Williams isn't so sure this is a great idea, even with a million-dollar payday, until he meets Aaron. Charmed by the kid's pluck and determination, Williams signs on for the world's most expensive home movie. Williams and producer Susan Mandeville (Linda Hamilton) hire Linda Hamilton director Penelope Spheeris to helm the project, and persuade bikini model Arielle Kebbel to appear as Aaron's love interest, but what started out as strictly a job-for-hire becomes something more as Williams and his fellow cast and crew members get to know their challenged young star. The Kid & I actually was written by co-star Tom Arnold, and Penelope Spheeris directed the film as well as playing herself. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Shaquille O'Neal also appear in cameo roles. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 2, 2005


Tom Arnold
as Bill Williams
Eric Gores
as Aaron Roman
Linda Hamilton
as Susan Mandeville
Henry Winkler
as Johnny Bernstein
Richard Edson
as Guy
Brenda Strong
as Bonnie
Shannon Elizabeth
as Shelby Roman
Arielle Kebbel
as Arielle
Joe Mantegna
as Davis Roman
Yvette Nicole Brown
as Bunny
Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Himself
Shaquille O'Neal
as Himself
Pat O'Brien
as Himself
Eric Dickerson
as Coach
Brianne Davis
as Marla
Bill Goldberg
as Himself
Lisa Wilhoit
as Fake Reporter #2
Penelope Spheeris
as Penelope Spheeris
Alejandro Patino
as Apartment Manager
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Herself
Mark Chadwick
as Blind Guy


Penelope Spheeris
Penelope Spheeris
Brad Wyman
Tom Arnold
Tom Arnold
Robert Seaman
Damon Fox
Composer (Music Score)
Jan Northrop
John Wesley Whitton
Linda Spheeris
Production Designer
Nanci B. Roberts
Art Director
Buddy Enright
Marie L. Fyhrie
Executive Producer
Jordan Katz
Executive Producer
Lynette Meyer
Costume Designer
Harry Snodgrass
Sound/Sound Designer
Ferne Cassel