Kicking and Screaming (1995)
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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
Oct 6, 1995 Wide
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First-time writer and director Noah Baumbach, 25, has a knack for acute observation and a spirited cast to animate every twisted nuance.
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.
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.
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.
Charts the aimlessness and ennui of four insufferable, maturation-adverse college grads with relaxed realism.
Not much happens, but it captures that moment between college and the real world with perceptive [occasionally glib] accuracy.
One of the better navel-gazing comedies of this period
Smart and well-performed - captures a time and a feeling with grace and intelligence.
Baumbach fails to realize that too often movies about boring people are, well, boring.
Although Baumbach's film showed a lot of potential, too much was unrealized for me to be able to recommend it.
Baumbach makes an assured writing/directing debut, but this will probably do best in the video marketplace.
Kicking And Screaming's familiarity breeds a caustic but definitive contentment that comes with uncloaking the popular twentysomething trend toward guy-bright-but-lite.
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