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Kicking & Screaming (2005)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sport  -  13 May 2005 (USA)
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Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating...

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Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating...

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One man could lead this team to glory. . . That man was busy See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Kicking and Screaming  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,494 (Australia) (5 August 2005)

Gross:

$1,361,382 (Australia) (2 September 2005)
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Was shipped to some theaters under the name "The Winning Team". See more »

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During the first game that Phil coaches, you see Mark on the bench. After a few scenes, he is on the field. At the end of the game, he is seen on the bench again. See more »

Quotes

Ann Hogan: Coach Ditka? Hi. Our son, Byong Sun, he's very shy, and we were wondering
[hands him a pad to autograph]
Mike Ditka: Sure, 'be happy to.
Ann Hogan: Thank you so much. It's Byong Sun
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Ann Hogan: B-Y...
Mike Ditka: [autographing] I think I got it.
[hands it back to them]
Mike Ditka: Bye bye.
Mike Ditka: [to Phil, awkwardly] Just... a wonderful couple.
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Referenced in Kicking & Screaming: From Rome to Hollywood (2005) See more »

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WALKIE TALKIE MAN
Written by Jacob Paul Adams, Brad Hanan Carter, Tyson Kennedy (as Tyson Noel Kennedy),
Jared Wrennall and Tim Scott Youngson
Performed by Steriogram
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A formulaic cliché, true. But also a colourful, honest, and straightforward entertainment. I liked it.
31 July 2005 | by (Was UK Now US) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie. Sometimes a 'simple' movie can be colourful enough, and entertaining enough, without having to be great or artsy. 'Kicking and Screaming' was very formulaic. I actually found myself predicting each step and outcome as the plot unfolded--- the adult abused child, his dad, and his son, and the three generations colliding. The re-play of the overbearing father thing, the adult man vowing to never be like his father, but then getting accidentally caught up in the same dynamic himself. then the sports movie redemption, etc., etc.

It sounds like a cliché, and it is--- but, oddly, I found myself more surprised than annoyed as each cliché denouement surfaced. I kept thinking, as the cliché loomed--- 'Nahhhh... they wouldn't do that. There must be some slick tricky twist coming up.' Nope. No twists, no tricks--- all the clichés play through exactly like you expected them to. But there was a certain courage and honesty about that, which I greatly admired. They had a simple, straight-forward, no-nonsense formula story, which they played out exactly as that. It was very honest.

Robert Duvall--- always great. Will Ferrell, always funny. Mike Ditka, as an actor--- he's a great football coach.


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