Stop me if you've heard this before.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kicking & Screaming may be the official end to the Will Ferrell Rolling Thunder of Funny Tour.
| Original Score: 5/10
A likable but labored situation comedy skewed heavily toward the situation.
As the coffee-fueled Phil lurches further and further over the edge of soccer coach impropriety, you can sense Ferrell struggling to break through the lame script
| Original Score: 2/4
Thank God for coffee, which provides the only caffeinated jolt to the otherwise deflated Kicking and Screaming.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Both Duvall and Mike Ditka, who plays himself and helps coach Phil's team, spend too much of the movie on the bench, and while they're there, the jokes run thin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough.
| Original Score: 1/4
Kicking and Screaming feels as if it were callously vomited out by a machine, along with a couple of spare parts and some putrid grease.
| Original Score: .5/4
...the movie feels like a poor man's updated Bad News Bears...an uneventful state of mind soaked in absolute mediocrity.
Is this all there is to Ferrell's career? Mediocre comedies, and wasted talent?
If this footy film was in a league it would be languishing at the bottom of the Vauxhall Conference.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ferrell's a funny guy, that much is true, and his frequent adlibbing is always preferable to the scripted humour he delivers, but he's just not right to lead a film like this.
| Original Score: 32/100
Kicking & Screaming has an idea, and little more. Well, an idea and Will Ferrell's slavish comedic devotion. And these days... that's apparently all you need.
| Original Score: C+
Gets the job done for its core audience of tots%u2014and for no one else.
| Original Score: C
Iron Mike is phenomenal! Kicking and Screaming is not.
Most agonizing is the sting of watching Ferrell, after (his) witty performances in Elf and Melinda & Melinda, revert to the same old one-note, dim-bulb clowning.
| Original Score: 0/4
If anyone tries to get you to go to Kicking & Screaming, do just that.
| Original Score: D+
[I]neffectual loser manchild Ferrell is up to his usual schtick here, and no 'joke' is too inevitable or obvious.
Kicking & Screaming seems to be exactly what you'd expect - a Bad News Bears with soccer moms.
| Original Score: 2.5/5