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Awesome: 7.04%
Worth A Look: 29.58%
Average: 23.94%
Pretty Bad36.62%
Total Crap: 2.82%

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Kicking & Screaming
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by Brian McKay

"Yawning and Shrugging and (very) occasionally laughing"
2 stars

Have you ever sat in a theater surrounded by people who are laughing gleefully at the movie on the screen, and yet you can barely muster a chuckle here or there? After having such an experience in KICKING AND SCREAMING, I had to ask myself "Are these people just incredibly easily entertained morons, or am I just a cynical jaded bastard only capable of laughing at edgy or dark humor anymore?" Thankfully, my friend, who is nowhere near as jaded as me, gave me a sanity check after the show: yup, it was kinda stinky.

I got home and discussed it with another friend on-line, then was about to write a review of it when I realized that I already pretty much laid out the salient points in the messenger conversation five minutes ago. Why the fuck would I want to write all that again? And so, I bring you the laziest review I've written since the time I spewed out random thoughts about A CLOCKWORK ORANGE while in a THC-induced haze. But I'm not high this time, folks - just really lazy. But considering how lazy this film is, I figure one mediocre turn deserves another.

ME: You know how funny Farrell was on SNL last night?

FRIEND: Oh lord, I sense a horrible review.

ME: yeah, he was the polar opposite of it in this movie.

FRIEND: Would weed have helped?

ME: no

ME: it was too watered down, a lazy script, and Farrell was totally hit and miss, mostly miss

FRIEND: Well, good thing I went to see CRASH instead.

ME: yeah dude. And we saw some posters from CRASH afterward, and I was like "I really wish I'd just bitten the bullet and seen that again"

FRIEND: Eh, Farrells capable of causing big laughs, no one would blame you for giving him a chance.

ME: Well, I don't think it was all his fault. He really had a weak script to work with

FRIEND: Basic idiot dad learns a lesson and saves his family from falling apart as a result?

ME: more like son has to compete with asshole father who coaches opposite team, wants only to beat his dad and sacrifices team morale to do it, then learns the true meaning of sportsmanship and big hugs all around. Yawn.

FRIEND: Sounds like so much ass.

ME: Pretty much. He did have a few laugh out loud moments. And the kids were cute and occasionally funny too. But that's the problem. It relies too much on Farrell's shtick and the "ooohh, cute kids" factor, so it doesn't even try in the script department. Insert sports cliche here. Insert sight gag there. Rinse, repeat. And Duvall just phones in a kindler and gentler "The Great Santini." Farrell can be funny as shit. We saw it on SNL last night, we saw it in ANCHORMAN. This, however, was no ANCHORMAN.

FRIEND: Well, glad I can skip it.

ME: yeah, you should be. I think the BAD NEWS BEARS remake will be better. At least the jokes seem a bit more clever and edgy.

I was glad that somebody was enjoying KICKING AND SCREAMING. I just wish that somebody had been me.

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User Comments

12/21/08 Shaun Wallner Was'nt all that great! 2 stars
4/18/07 David Pollastrini pretty silly! 2 stars
11/24/06 cody a pretty cool comedy with good performance by wil ferrel, but very slow. 3 stars
7/19/06 drydock54321 fun to watch 3 stars
5/23/06 Kylie McDonald i just love it its really cool i cant say any more i love it 5 stars
5/15/06 Diane P usually love will ferrell but found this flat and boring 2 stars
1/16/06 gerthel excellent specially the presence of the italian players 5 stars
1/05/06 alisha lindblom it was a awesome movie 5 stars
12/28/05 Jeffril ann Montebon very entertaining movie 5 stars
11/13/05 Marcelo I tried really hard to keep up to the end. And why weren't there any brazilians ? 1 stars
10/13/05 Jake Harmless entertainment 4 stars
9/04/05 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne The Reefer Madness of coffee?!? 2 stars
7/29/05 The Man With No Name yawn. Is this the best hollywood can do? 2 stars
6/18/05 tony goog 5 stars
6/05/05 Lauren This movie was so funny, but not much else. 4 stars
5/24/05 Tim Ditka should've stuck to football! 1 stars
5/23/05 Nicole Eh...first half has some funny parts, second half not so much 3 stars
5/20/05 Christy Schultz How that sucked 2 stars
5/17/05 Neon Not worth a plug nickel 2 stars
5/17/05 Naka Not funny. 2 stars
5/14/05 wendy rogers I think this movie is great! I am now a fan of Wil Ferrell 4 stars
5/12/05 Woodman Think Little Giants but with soccer 3 stars
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  13-May-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 11-Oct-2005



Directed by
  Jesse Dylan

Written by
  Leo Benvenuti
  Steve Rudnick

  Will Ferrell
  Robert Duvall
  Mike Ditka
  Kate Walsh
  Jim Turner
  Jarrad Paul

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