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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... Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 13 May 2005
I don't understand why it's rating isn't at least 6-9, this movie is so cute and funny. I liked the part where all the kids dance to the mackarena. That was the best. Will Ferrell is so funny. IMDb fans need to get with the program, this movie is so much better than IMDb says it is. I was laughing and having fun the whole way through the movie. The only part I didn't care for was the butcher/meat/blood part. Otherwise, everything else was fantastic. I love soccer movies. The little Asian kid with the glasses is so cute and funny, and he can dance real well, if you watch the <more>
extra clips. This is a great movie for everyone to see, trust me.
Kicking & Screaming: This movie is basically a Father-Son trouble movie. A family movie, you'd say. It's hilarious! I loved it a lot! It really is funny.Some soccer parts kept on going for like 10 minutes but still, the movie was great to me. I guess I'm not a hard core critic on IMDb.Anywho, this movie was really funny-a family movie. Shows mostly about father-son relationships and the competitions between any relationship like that. People can relate to it and it really is hilarious especially because of actor Will Farrel-any movie with him is 99.9% guaranteed hilarious! <more>
<3 The movie is too cute and too hilarious that's why I loved it!! One of the soccer players italian was hot! ] Litio or something Anywho, really funny and stays on topic and does have a good meaning er...moral!
Will's best movie! Funny, with a redeeming quality. If you have kids you will love it. Generally okay for 10-ish year old's - only a few lines made it PG...I don't know why they didn't make it a G by leaving out those few lines. Very funny. The father-son relationship was poignant. The coffee theme was so relevant. If you enjoy Will F. and his ability to poke fun at himself, you will like this, too. Because we live in such a success-oriented culture rather than a character-oriented culture, the "win-at-all-cost" them is also very timely in our sports-focused society. <more>
Feelings and character DO count, and that is clear in this movie!
Not the deepest, but one of the funniest (by oceanave)
"Kicking and Screaming" is probably one of the funniest juvenile comedies ever done - it's more of a parody than anything else, and of course, it can't be taken too seriously. Its greatest strength is that it is very identifiable - the whole intra-family competitiveness theme is a tried and true one, especially when it comes to athletics. In this movie, it is bolstered by brilliant comedy with an extremely talented group of actors. Will Ferrell is always best when he does the wacky stuff. Here, he is Phil Weston, an idiot suburban father who tries way too hard, takes himself <more>
way too seriously, and makes a fool out of himself constantly as a result. The awkward predicaments he seems to inflict upon himself are the heart and soul of the movie - take the scene where it dawns on him that two lesbians are actually parenting one of the kids on the soccer team. He openly admits to them that he doesn't understand and then BOING!, he suddenly gets it. He has a countless number of great moments like that. Phil is a bundle of neuroses, not the nicest guy in the world, but he's very well-meaning. His gradual move from coffee-hater to coffee addict was a great subplot. Duvall has never been a comedian, but he definitely knows how to play the hard-ass jock dad. They were lucky to get him to do this "little" movie. The addition of cigar smoking Mike Ditka playing himself was also a lucky strike. He doesn't disappoint, referring to Italians with a redneck-decisive emphasis on the "I". Of course, the focus of the movie is the kids, and there are some big talents in the group. Steven Anthony Lawrence does well as the quirky Mark Avery, and Elliot Cho is hysterical as Byong-Sun, the smallest kid on the team and adopted son of the lesbians. The boys who play the Italians, brought over from Italy, obviously opened up new territory for the writers. They have a few good lines here and there -and they seem to accept that the kids on the team, and the neurotic adults, are just products of a nutty culture. After seeing Jesse Dylan bomb hard with "American Wedding", I almost promised myself I'd never watch any more of his films. I was pleasantly surprised, and after about ten viewings, am still laughing at "Kicking and Screaming."
I chose to watch this film on the TV because there was nothing on. I looked at the information and saw that the famous actor and one of my favourite actors, Will Ferrell was in this film.I watched it and really got into it. Will Ferrell's humour was good for anyone who liked Anchorman and/or Elf.He plays a good coach, but not a normal coach. He tries different plays with his team, even though they are not the best.Will Ferrell gets back at his dad for being such a stuck-up person and then realises quite near the end of the film that he is acting like his dad was to him.Will Ferrell is <more>
quick to act and explains that he was an idiot to the team and finally puts his son in. He has a new game plan, not just all about the Italians kids.Overall this film is quite funny and good for the whole family. Very good acting from everyone.Worth watching.
A Barrel of Laughs For the Whole Family (by eric262003)
Being a huge fan of Will Ferrell, I eagerly anticipated to see this incredible sports comedy. To be honest I never had the opportunity to have seen it in theaters when it was released seven years ago. But I was fortunate enough to purchase it near my local video store and when I saw saw it, I was as giddy as kid in a candy store as I couldn't wait to slip this bad boy in my DVD. The great thing about "Kicking and Screaming" is that although Ferrell goes through his usual schtick of uptight hollers which has been a trademark to his comedic talents over the years, and sure he may <more>
have to water down his antics so that the content will be customized for family viewings. Still his dedication towards his work is flawless and his over the top zaniness will likely to tickle your funny bones, even the most hard-edged stoics might have a chuckle manifested within their stone-cold personalities. But that's the best asset about the film, it can have a strong impact on the younger audiences and at the same time the adults and the hard-edged cynics are entertained at the same time.The central story is about a young man named Phil Weston Ferrell as he tries to liven up towards his dismissive and harsh father Buck Robert Duvall . Buck has never expressed any type of compassion towards his son partially because Phil has never had the same interests as Buck like sports or anything of the masculine flavor. Phil grew up to operate a store that endorses vitamins for kids which has for years made ol' Bucko cringe. In everything that Phil set out to achieve Buck had to always usurp him, even if if meant knocking him down a notch just to remain the alpha male in the Weston household. Phil however, has to learn the art of inflicting tough love of his own as he graciously volunteers to coach his son Sammy's soccer team who's at the moment on an embarrassing losing streak that his grandfather traded him to. Buck shows no remorse for his actions, but the battle of tough love that finally brings the father and son of Buck and Phil closer than they've ever been before.Will Ferrell truly makes his mark here in all his yelling and outlandish tactics will truly have you in stitches with laughter. Switching from high energy proteins to strong brewed coffee he transforms into a uncontrollable almost maniacal maybe going beyond abusive in tough love than his father inflicted on him. Duvall shows he can do comedy as the tyrannical, obnoxious Buck. At first glance, it appears like Buck's character is someone you would truly love to despise. NFL legend Mike Ditka also shows his acting chops are splendid just by being himself. All the kids in this movie provide much needed comic relief much like the kids in Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 vehicle "Kindergarten Cop"."Kicking and Screaming" has a neat little message about the value of raising your kids and let them follow their own dreams and try to avoid less pressure on them by forcing them into something they're not interested in. We get a good overview the assets and liabilities of competitiveness and the sacrifices parents must consider when applying pressurizing tactics on your kids. But when the movie's over, it's all in fun and parents can sit on the couch with their kids and be just a family for the next minute and thirty five minutes. I loved this movie so much. Sure it's not one of the greatest sports story ever nothing beats "The Best of the Best" but I guarantee, you it will likely put a smile to your face.
Finally, a non-Pixar family movie that adults can enjoy (by TheMovieMark)
You may be surprised to learn that rather than just being another overly silly Will Ferrell movie, Kicking & Screaming is actually a brilliantly poignant exposé on the foibles of the human condition. While a movie like Crash chooses to tackle the heavy issue of human relationships within a racially diverse atmosphere, Kicking & Screaming goes a different direction and touches the soul of two topics that are near and dear to my heart: sports competition and coffee addiction.I don't know about you girly girls, but all us manly men are well-rehearsed in sports competitiveness. If <more>
you're worth your "man weight" in gold, then you're driven by the need to compete. This isn't something that you carry through high school and then grow out of, oh no, you're stuck with it for life. I may have been at my most intense when running over a catcher back when I played high school baseball, but I'm still known to throw an elbow in the church basketball league and to do a little trash talking during a heated ping pong match. If you refuse to believe a ping pong match can get heated, then you've never played it the right way.Anyway, this is a movie whose humor feeds heavily off the fuel provided by the competitiveness of all the men involved. Whether it be Robert Duvall a real man who says the only daily vitamin he needs is a steak going toe-to-toe against Will Ferrell in a passionate game of tether ball or Duvall and Mike Ditka constantly trying to outdo each other or Will Ferrell becoming so addicted to coffee that he installs a cappuccino machine on the bench and forces Ditka to resign as assistant coach, the chemistry just works.It's a chemistry that is hard to accurately depict in writing. A chemistry whose effectiveness lies in the delivery. For example, there's a young Asian boy on the soccer team named "Byong Sun." When his mother asks Ditka for an autograph, Ditka asks how to spell his name. She starts to spell it, but he stops her and says, "I think I got it." When she later looks at the autograph she sees that Ditka has written, "Bing Bong." I can't explain why, but this had me cracking up for about 5 minutes. I'd try to concentrate on the movie, then I'd think about how self-assured Ditka was that he now knew how to spell the name, and I'd bust out laughing all over again. Then later in the movie when Ditka yells out, "Way to go, Bing Bong!" I lost it all over again. It's just one of those things.Or when Ditka tells the kids, "I eat quitters for breakfast and spit out their bones," and then Ferrell deadpans, "Delicious." My words can't do it justice. It's all in the timing and delivery. Sometimes this type of humor is so subtle that it might not be fully appreciated, so I'm warning you now to pay attention to it.Speaking of Ditka, he steals the show. He has a natural talent for comedy like this, and it's hard not to laugh when he's on screen wearing a Bears sweater vest or a shirt that has "Ditka" on it. Just sit back and enjoy his competitive bickering with Duvall. When Duvall starts to taunt Ditka because he's been reduced to coaching little league soccer, Ditka responds by holding his hand out and saying, "I couldn't hear ya; my Super Bowl ring was making too much noise." The self-referential tone works perfectly.The kids can get a little too cutesy at times, which will play well with soccer moms, but they do have some genuinely funny moments. Steven Anthony Lawrence is pretty annoying intentionally so , but I did a spit take well, not literally when the camera focused on his face while he was running and he breathlessly stated, "I'm in bad shape for 11." I guess you had to be there.I'm giving the movie 4 marks, and I realize that's fairly high, but this *is* a family movie, and as such it's one of the most entertaining family movies I've seen in a while. Sure, I didn't care for some of the cutesy kid stuff, and things *do* get predictable and silly, but what are negative elements for me will be looked upon more favorably by younger audiences and sappy parents.To find a movie that will keep adults consistently laughing throughout without resorting to material that'd make you squirm if you're sitting next to mama or the kids, you usually have to look for the Pixar label, so I tip my hat to Kicking & Screaming for succeeding. This is the kind of "kid's movie" I want to take my 10-year-old brother to, not Racing Stripes.Oh, and please do yourself a favor and try not to take the movie too seriously. If you're such a curmudgeon that you'd actually complain about the scene where a mother stops her son during a game to put sunscreen on his face, and you actually question why she didn't do this BEFORE the game then I'm sorry, but you deserve to be slapped. Let me explain something... *ahem* IT'S A MOVIE!! Still not clear? OK, let me elaborate...IT'S A WILL FERRELL MOVIE!! Do you see "directed by Clint Eastwood" attached to the credits? No? Then remove the corn cob, loosen up, and enjoy life a little.Sheesh. Some people. Now who wants to go head-to-head with the Betts-meister in a friendly game of ping pong?
If You're a Member of a Soccer Family, You'll Love It (by gmihran)
If you're a parent with kids in AYSO soccer, or a kid that plays ed the game, then you'll love this mindless, uplifting comedy about a coach going to the extreme to help his Tigers soccer team win. If you expect nothing more than that, then you'll enjoy yourself and have fun with this movie. The kids' soccer play has some real tricks, many of which our own kids tried during the next Saturday game! Kudos especially to Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka who really played their parts well and added a lot of variety to the movie so that it is not completely saturated with Will Ferrell <more>
who also balanced his father/son roles well . A great family flick enjoyed by all, even the grandparents :
Kicking and Screaming is a good movie. It is not Will Ferrell's best, but it's good enough. The story is about a last-place Tigers team. Their coach decided to abandon them. Then, Phil Weston Ferrell decides to take over the reins. Along with assistant coach Mike Ditka Ditka and two Italian boys, the team must make it to the championship to face Weston's father- Buck Duvall . Will Ferrell is funny in this film especially when coffee comes into the picture. I really was surprised and happy to see Mike Ditka. He was great in this movie. I also liked Duvall. The only thing that <more>
bothered me is that this movie has the same plot as the Bad News Bears but in soccer. A new coach, misfit kids, last place, big rivalry-these things mentioned happens in both movies. Other than that, I enjoyed this movie. This is a great movie for soccer fans and everyone else who likes a plain movie. I rate this movie 8/10.