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Kicking & Screaming

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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.