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Kicking and Screaming (1995)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

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Inspired by the advent of Seattle's grunge music sound and popular films such as Slacker (1991) and Singles (1992), the Generation X comedy-drama was born. Typified by characters in their early twenties sharing an abundance of education, a lack of career direction, stunted romantic aspirations and an obsession with popular culture, one of the better examples of the genre was Kicking and Screaming. Josh Hamilton stars as Grover, a recent college graduate and aspiring writer depressed over the


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Aug 22, 2006


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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (16) | DVD (20)

First-time writer and director Noah Baumbach, 25, has a knack for acute observation and a spirited cast to animate every twisted nuance.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Baumbach ... pushes his rigorous stance to the extent that you begin to wonder why you're bothering to watch the aimless lives of these four unfold.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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For a debut, Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming is an impressive effort, but it lacks the resonance or flexibility of his The Squid and the Whale, released ten years later.

February 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Mixing the neurotic drive of Woody Allen with the urbane wit of Stillman, this derivative debut presents yet another take on guys who simply can't let go of college--and their adolescence.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Charts the aimlessness and ennui of four insufferable, maturation-adverse college grads with relaxed realism.

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Not much happens, but it captures that moment between college and the real world with perceptive [occasionally glib] accuracy.

December 23, 2005

Sporadically funny film with an achingly predictable plot - your enjoyment of this will hinge on whether or not you think Will Ferrell is a Comedy God.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comments (2)

One of the better navel-gazing comedies of this period

January 23, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Smart and well-performed - captures a time and a feeling with grace and intelligence.

November 6, 2002
Film Freak Central

A hilarious example of what not to do when you graduate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Baumbach fails to realize that too often movies about boring people are, well, boring.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Loses its initial kick and verve and settles down into one long whine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Although Baumbach's film showed a lot of potential, too much was unrealized for me to be able to recommend it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Baumbach makes an assured writing/directing debut, but this will probably do best in the video marketplace.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Kicking And Screaming's familiarity breeds a caustic but definitive contentment that comes with uncloaking the popular twentysomething trend toward guy-bright-but-lite.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Stands out amongst the 'twentysomething and fresh out of college' crop of films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Kicking and Screaming

A very opinionated by empty and aimless bore concerning recent college graduates struggling to find their place in the world, and how their lives change over the course of a few months. Noah Baumbach, one of the kings of awkward/anti-social world, has put together a below average "comedy" that is not very funny, with characters that are not very likable, and with a plot that has no problem being about nothing. Unlike "The Squid and the Whale" which had a pretty good sense of humor despite taking itself a little too seriously, the biggest thing with this film is that it is just flat-out not funny or meaningful. I could not care less about the selfish, quirky for quirks sake characters that spouted dialogue that seemed from another planet, and as a result this movie lost me quickly. It is not terrible, it just is not very good.
March 23, 2012
Dan Schultz

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The very underrated hilarious debut from Noah Baumkbach has perhaps the most qoutable lines of any movie I've seen and features great performances from Christopher Eigeman, Carlos Jacott and a supporting role from Elliot Gould.
December 2, 2011
Graham Jones

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For what's it worth, I truly believe in Gen X comedy-dramas. Even if you didn't fully enjoy this period in history, the quirky characters and realistic underlying problems of these films' central protagonists are shockingly familiar. Whether Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" or James Joyce's "The Dead" every art form has beleaguered to show us that our futures, more likely our destinies, are under our own control and not that of extenuating circumstances. We all fear failure in the future, but Baumbach also delves into the psyches of several different archetypes, including: the infinite student, wanting to learn but lacking direction, the genius who works blue collar because he fears success, and the slacker who still slacks though staying in school so he doesn't have to face life. This film is one big denial trip down a memory lane no one wants to know or live through. Each of the main character's relationships are these hypereducated rants to one another over who can be more of a hipster chic intellectual, who can obsess over the idiosyncrasies and affectations of an entire generation of hypochondriacs and windbags, quite frankly. The film makes fun of itself often, and points out the flaws of the college elite, when the entire culmination of our hard earned education is wasted on people who lack direction, who serve themselves with things, and people, and ideas they don't need, lying about without hope or purpose. Some may not revel in the true entertainment of eccentricities, but the droll humor and actual message are worth the short watch.
September 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

I really dig the subtlety of this movie, and how the ending was so seamlessly incorporated. Although sometimes the lines didn't ring honest, I can identify these feelings of ambiguous futures very potently. Baumbach made a very earnest film, and I appreciate that.
July 9, 2009

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