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Kicking & Screaming (2005)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 81

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


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 22

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



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Immaturity and poor sportsmanship once again find their firmly established place in children's athletics (at least among the adults) in this sports comedy. Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) is a tightly wound suburban father who had a competitive streak worn into him by his father, Buck (Robert Duvall), who never seemed to feel that his son measured up. When Phil's son joins a Little League soccer team, Phil signs on as coach, only to learn that Buck -- who also has a ten-year-old son these days --


Comedy, Kids & Family

Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick

Oct 11, 2005


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (81) | DVD (14)

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

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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... barely watchable.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A zero, but the title describes how the audience is likely to react, perfectly.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Ferrell is one of the film's few bright lights. It's a shame to hide that subversive beacon under a bushel of dully inspirational sports movie cliches.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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As lazy, bloated and TV-screen- friendly as shameless promos come.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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If you're into Will Ferrell.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Is this all there is to Ferrell's career? Mediocre comedies, and wasted talent?

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

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

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.

September 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Kicking & Screaming succeeds because it understands its target audience, refraining from playing it too cute or crude. Though predictable, it's well executed.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Mostly useless

February 1, 2006

Will Ferrell cria um personagem carismático a partir de um roteiro burocrático e, no processo, consegue divertir e levar o espectador a se envolver com a história.

December 25, 2005
Cinema em Cena

... Kicking & Screaming is not very good.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Robert Duvall is superb (his love of football is well-documented) and seems to really enjoy playing a comic variation of his sports-obsessed father in the classic The Great Santini.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Gets the job done for its core audience of tots%u2014and for no one else.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

There are a few broad laughs and Ferrell is everything you would expect him to be - irritating, occasionally amusing and sometimes inspired

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Sounds bad, doesn't it?

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

... a rather schizophrenic movie; groaningly familiar around the edges but with a pair of frighteningly unpredictable monsters at the centre.

July 12, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

Iron Mike is phenomenal! Kicking and Screaming is not.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

...a formulaic Bad News Bears rip-off that at least features some good-natured charm to compensate for its flat script and cartoonish tendencies.

June 14, 2005 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

The most amazing thing about Will Ferrell is that he can make absolutely nothing funny.

June 14, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Kicking & Screaming

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.
July 15, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Will Ferrel is great, and that's what saves this average comedy!
January 14, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Phil Weston: I'm not a kid from Mexico!
    – Submitted by Mike R (15 months ago)
    1. Phil Weston: If the pizza dosen't come, I already decided, we would eat.. Byong Sun.
    – Submitted by Connor N (17 months ago)
    1. Phil Weston: It's Mike Ditka. He's Big.
    – Submitted by Aaron R (18 months ago)
    1. Phil Weston: Everybody drinks coffee. Even little kids in Mexico drink coffee!
    – Submitted by Evan H (22 months ago)
    1. Phil Weston: Mike Ditka has fists like a small truck.
    – Submitted by Evan H (22 months ago)
    1. Phil Weston: Your name is liar cause you're telling lies!
    – Submitted by Evan H (22 months ago)
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