Kicking & Screaming (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kicking & Screaming (2005)



Critic Consensus: The script is mediocre and fails to give Ferrell a proper comedic showcase.

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Will Ferrell stars as Phil Weston, an average Joe who's had to put up all his life with his overly competitive father, Buck (Robert Duvall). When Phil decides to coach his 10-year-old son's soccer team, he goes head-to-head for the league championship against Buck, who coaches his own young son on the preeminent team of the league. Old scores come into play as Phil and Buck find themselves going to extreme measures to win the championship trophy.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, language and some crude humor.)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2005
Box Office: $52.6M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Will Ferrell
as Phil Weston
Robert Duvall
as Buck Weston
Mike Ditka
as Himself
Kate Walsh
as Barbara Weston
Musetta Vander
as Janice Weston
Dylan McLaughlin
as Sam Weston
Josh Hutcherson
as Bucky Weston
Steven Anthony
as Mark Avery
Elliot Cho
as Byong Sun
Erik Walker
as Ambrose
Francesco Liotti
as Gian Piero
Dan Metcalfe
as Soccer Dan
Dave Herman
as Referee
Rachael Harris
as Ann Hogan
Laura Kightlinger
as Donna Jones
Jim Turner
as Jim Davidson
Julia Campbell
as Janet Davidson
Phill Lewis
as John Ryan
David Bowe
as Forest Avery
Matt Winston
as Tom Hanna
Susan Barnes
as Diana Ditka
Lu Elrod
as Patty
Tom Virtue
as Track & Field Coach
Karly Rothenberg
as Jack's mother
Jeffrey Noah
as Phil (age 9 & 11)
Kaitlyn Arens
as Baby Phil
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Critic Reviews for Kicking & Screaming

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (37)

Will Ferrell has become the most unlikely embodiment of wholesome family fun since Fred MacMurray gave up film noir for My Three Sons.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This isn't the worst setup for a kiddie comedy, but it proves that Ferrell alone can't carry a film.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Is this all there is to Ferrell's career? Mediocre comedies, and wasted talent?

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Director Jesse Dylan, desperate to avoid yawns, flails madly with staging, editing, slow motion -- any trick he can think of, whether it fits or works or not.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

If this footy film was in a league it would be languishing at the bottom of the Vauxhall Conference.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

The picture is a little about soccer, a little about parenting, and a lot about laughing. Mike Ditka shows up and delivers a kick-butt performance.

Full Review… | September 26, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Kicking & Screaming


Will Ferrel as Will Ferrel. . a decent movie but hes playing the same role he has played in a lot of movies.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Im sorry if you didnt like this, but I just enjoyed it. Will Ferell is my favorite comedian, and man this movie would suck without him. The story and everything else is pretty weak, but Ferell makes it work. With a few cliche and dumb moments, this movie was just okay, but Ferell just naturally made this a funny movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Another Will Ferrell vehicle. Kicking & Screaming is more of the same garbage that Ferrell serves up. A few snipits of the film are comical, but don't hold up because the humour gets stale and overuused too quickly. The film rellies too much on Ferrell's one trick antics to create it's humour and doesn't work. Ferrell was pretty good in Zoolander, and decent in Old School; but in this case, big budget studios use the same formula for every film he stars in, and use his one dimensional comedy to try to make something funny. It worked for maybe three films, but when you've spent 7 films doing the same thing, it gets old. Avoid.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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