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Following graduation, a handful of college students do nothing and talk about it wittily.

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After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to escape their university's pull. Nobody wants to make any big decisions that would radically alter his life, yet none of them wants to end up like Chet, the professional student who tends bar and is in his tenth year of university studies. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Anxiety loves company.

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Rated R for strong language, and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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$704,543 (USA)
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According to Noah Baumbach at the Lincoln Center anniversary screening, there was another actor scheduled to play the lead role who dropped out at the last minute, prompting Tri-mark to tell him to 'find a star' or they'd cancel the movie. Baumbach quickly faxed his good friend Eric Stolz who was filming Rob Roy in Scotland, and got him to sign on to the movie even though there was no character written for him. They created the character of Chet together, doing a lot of improvisation, in particular the famous 'book club' scene. See more »

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Save yourself...it's too late for me.
30 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Let me begin by stating that I am a big fan of Whit Stillman and his ensemble movies, especially "The Last Days of Disco," which in my opinion was one of the most perfectly realized movies of the nostalgic '90s. To put it bluntly, "Kicking and Screaming," despite its excellent cast and decent premise (the fate of a somewhat inbred group of friends after graduation from college) is so badly executed that it is almost incoherent. This one needed to stay in the can. No - it needed to stay AWAY FROM the can. They could at least have hired a cinematographer...the photography in this flick is the worst I've seen since Elvira went off-air. What is truly unfortunate is that there are some very funny lines buried in all the drek...it may have been possible to make a good movie out of this crap, but as it stands, its just a heap o' nothing. Oh well.

Try "Swingers," "Henry Fool," "Pecker," "Metropolitan," "The Last Days of Disco," "Chasing Amy," "Porky's 2," or absolutely anything else instead. Not even worth a free rental.


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