Elijah Wood, who in my opinion is the best child actor in Hollywood, plays North, a boy whose parents don't appreciate him. Mom and Dad (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander of Seinfeld) are more interested in talking about their problems at work than paying attention to their son.
So, North decides to hire a lawyer (Jon Lovitz) and like his favorite sport, baseball, he declares himself a free agent. The judge (Alan Arkin) give him the summer to find suitable new parents, return to his own parents, or be sent to an orphanage.
Couples from four corners of the world send plane tickets so the boy can meet them and perhaps choose them as his new parents.
North's travels introduce him to a wide array of stars. John Ritter, Dan Ackroyd, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates and Graham Greene are some of the famous faces that play prospective parents.
Wood, with his big, expressive eyes, isn't given much to do except look cute, which de does very well. The story isn't surprising or funny or even particularly touching. The only mildly amusing character is Bruce Willis, who follows North as his guardian angel.
Director Rob Reiner usually tells a good tale, perhaps he should have had North travel around looking for a better script.