Pay It Forward is not a bad movie. I think what it's trying to say is great and there a lot of good scenes. It loses it a bit along the way and the ending seems to be there just because it "fits" with the rest of movie. There's one scene that I really love. Jim Caviezel is a homeless heroine addict in the movie and is having a hard to getting his life straight. He's backpacking across the San Francisco bridge and notices a woman that's about to jump off to commit suicide. They have a bit of an exchange and then Caviezel says "save my life" to her. She's about to kill herself and he says forget you, save my life. I love that because in a way it gives that woman who was going to kill herself some purpose in her life. You don't really hear too often that a person gives that kind of order to someone trying to kill him/herself. It's almost like you would think it's the last thing that person would need but it could have been EXACTLY what she needed. Maybe you can say suicide is selfish. I don't know. I just love that one line.
In The Last Samurai, one of the scenes that sticks with me is the one where Tom Cruise has not yet been fully accepted by the samurai and gets into a fight with wooden practice swords. It's basically a training session where emotions entered. Tom Cruise had not yet been properly trained very much in their style and so he was thorougly beaten down but there's this moment where he's just waving the sword on the ground. He can't even get up but all he's doing is trying to swing the sword. It's just one of those scenes that makes you think about motivation and not giving up.
I want to watch Rocky again too. That's another really great motivational movie.
"You could be somebody but you're just a bum!"