Kicking and Screaming (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  6 October 1995 (USA)
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Following graduation, a handful of college students do nothing and talk about it wittily.



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Christopher Reed ...
Friedrich (as Chris Reed)


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 <>

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Anxiety loves company.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong language, and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Desmoi filias  »

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$704,543 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The film was almost accepted in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but Noah Baumbach refused to cut fifteen minutes as they requested, and the film was ultimately rejected. See more »


At the airport, when Grover says, "Shit, I wish I hadn't seen that", his mark is clearly visible on the floor when he walks away. See more »


Max: You have a drinking problem. Get help!
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References The Wedding Banquet (1993) See more »


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rare film
5 March 2006 | by (byron, il) – See all my reviews

Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming is one of those rare films that actually gets it right when it comes to understanding the angst of being a young adult right out of college. Baumbach's dialogue matches each of the feelings that newly graduated students go through, but doesn't stoop to the level of condescending. We all identify with the characters of Kicking and Screaming whether it is Skippy and his wanting to further his education because there might be something he missed out on or if Skippy doesn't subconsciously want to become his friends Max, Grover, or Otis. We might identify with Max who blatantly doesn't know what to do now. Max's only hellbent on not looking back on his college years, "I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time." Kicking and Screaming is a film deserving to be recognize as a journey through the minds of graduates and self-discovery of oneself.

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