Kicking & Screaming

May 13th, 2005







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Plot
Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating...

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.3/10 (16,637 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Jesse Dylan

Stars: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Josh Hutcherson

Storyline
Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating...

Writers: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick

Cast:
Will Ferrell - Phil Weston
Robert Duvall - Buck Weston
Mike Ditka - Mike Ditka
Kate Walsh - Barbara Weston
Musetta Vander - Janice Weston
Dylan McLaughlin - Sam Weston
Josh Hutcherson - Bucky Weston
Steven Anthony Lawrence - Mark Avery
Jeremy Bergman - Hunter
Elliott Cho - Byong Sun (as Elliot Cho)
Erik Walker - Ambrose
Dallas McKinney - Connor
Francesco Liotti - Gian Piero
Alessandro Ruggiero - Massimo
Sammy Fine - Jack

Taglines: One man could lead this team to glory. . . That man was busy



Details

Official Website: Universal Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 13 May 2005

Filming Locations: Arcadia, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,159,925 (USA) (15 May 2005) (3455 Screens)

Gross: $52,580,895 (USA) (31 July 2005)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Will Ferrell stated this is his favorite of his films, for sentimental reasons- throughout the span of the shoot, his wife became pregnant with, and gave birth to, their first son. He said he filmed specifically imagining watching the movie with his child one day.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Umberto agrees to let Gian Piero and Massimo play soccer, Maria (the woman next to Umberto) claps her hands and looks at the kids. In the next shot, she has a Sharpie pen in her hand and is in a completely different position.

Quotes:
Mike Ditka: Coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions.



User Review

A formulaic cliché, true. But also a colourful, honest, and straightforward entertainment. I liked it.

Rating: 7/10

I liked this movie. Sometimes a 'simple' movie can be colourful enough, and entertaining enough, without having to be great or artsy. 'Kicking and Screaming' was very formulaic. I actually found myself predicting each step and outcome as the plot unfolded--- the adult abused child, his dad, and his son, and the three generations colliding. The re-play of the overbearing father thing, the adult man vowing to never be like his father, but then getting accidentally caught up in the same dynamic himself. then the sports movie redemption, etc., etc.

It sounds like a cliché, and it is--- but, oddly, I found myself more surprised than annoyed as each cliché denouement surfaced. I kept thinking, as the cliché loomed--- 'Nahhhh... they wouldn't do that. There must be some slick tricky twist coming up.' Nope. No twists, no tricks--- all the clichés play through exactly like you expected them to. But there was a certain courage and honesty about that, which I greatly admired. They had a simple, straight-forward, no-nonsense formula story, which they played out exactly as that. It was very honest.

Robert Duvall--- always great. Will Ferrell, always funny. Mike Ditka, as an actor--- he's a great football coach.









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