Kicking and Screaming (1995)



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A group of recent college graduates analyze themselves and their prospects for the future in this drama. Much of the story centers on Grover, a young graduate who still grieves over the loss of his girl friend, Jane. With no jobs on the line, he hangs out with the irritable Max, his spacy pal Otis, and Skippy, the Peter Pan of the bunch.
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Josh Hamilton
as Grover
Elliott Gould
as Grover's Dad
Cara Buono
as Kate
Jason Wiles
as Skippy
Sam Gould
as Pete
Jonathan Baumbach
as Professor
John Lehr
as Louis
Peter Czernin
as Lester
Eliza Roberts
as Josselyn
Chris Reed
as Friederich
David DeLuise
as Bouncer
Thea Goodman
as Friederich's Date
Lauren Katz
as Stephanie
Alexia Landau
as Nose Ring Girl
Tony Giglio
as Singing Freshman No. 1
Richard Tacchino
as Singing Freshman No. 2
Nico Baumbach
as Random Freshman
Jose Ignacio Alvarez
as Stunt Knight No. 1
Solier Fagundez
as Stunt Knight No. 2
Marissa Ribisi
as Charlotte
Sal Viscuso
as Bar Teacher
Jessica Hecht
as Ticket Woman
Nora Perricone
as Door Person
Melanie Koch
as Girl at Bark
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What's on screen is just a little too familiar to be worth lauding.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

In general, Baumbach's eye for generational detail is impeccable -- he knows what's on these kids' minds, and has found a language to express it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Writer-director Noel Baumbach establishes an ear for commentary during his wry-guy movie's opening graduation party.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

I like people who talk interestingly, who have read books, who appreciate verbal wit, who look dubiously at establishment assumptions.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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