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Kicking & Screaming (2005)

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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All his life Phil Weston has dreamed of being on a winning team. Phil... your time has come. See more »


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

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13 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Kicking and Screaming  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,159,925 (USA) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

$52,580,895 (USA) (29 July 2005)
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Trivia

Many of the names on the kids' jerseys are those of crew members, such as Apatow (producers Judd Apatow and Mia Apatow) and Watson (assistant director Jonathan Watson). See more »

Goofs

Right after Phil gets punched by Mike Ditka, it shows him at his house. When he starts to cry after kissing his wife he says, "I'm in way over my head," but his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Buck Weston: We've got balls!
Phil Weston: And vitamins!
Buck Weston: But mostly balls!
Phil Weston: [with all the kids from the Tigers and Gladiators teams]
Phil Weston: AND VITAMINS!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Coldplay (2005) See more »

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EYE OF THE TIGER
Written by Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik
Performed by Survivor
Courtesy of Rude Music, Inc.
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A formulaic cliché, true. But also a colourful, honest, and straightforward entertainment. I liked it.
31 July 2005 | by (Great Pacific Northwest) – 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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