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Kicking and Screaming (1995)

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A bunch of guys hang around their college for months after graduation, continuing a life much like the one before graduation.

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Noah Baumbach

Writers:

Noah Baumbach (story), Bo Berkman (story) (as Oliver Berkman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hamilton ... Grover
Samuel Gould Samuel Gould ... Pete (as Sam Gould)
Catherine Kellner ... Gail
Jonathan Baumbach Jonathan Baumbach ... Professor
John Lehr ... Louis
Olivia d'Abo ... Jane
Peter Czernin Peter Czernin ... Lester
Carlos Jacott ... Otis
Chris Eigeman ... Max
Eric Stoltz ... Chet
Eliza Roberts ... Josselyn
Jason Wiles ... Skippy
Parker Posey ... Miami
Christopher Reed Christopher Reed ... Friedrich (as Chris Reed)
Noah Baumbach ... Danny
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desmoi filias See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$704,543
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Chet's comments in the first book club meeting with Otis, the book is "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy. The movie was released in 1995, and McCarthy's novel won the National Book Award in 1992. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Max: Are you wearing mascara?
Otis: No... yes.
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References Ferris Bueller (1990) See more »

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Harping Around
Written by Phil Marshall
Performed by Phil Marshall
Courtesy of Slashback Music
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Funny, resonant and worth checking out
4 June 1999 | by g-man-22See all my reviews

This is simply the best "Big Chill" movie since, well, "The Big Chill." The cast is terrific; the writing is even better. I've seen Josh Hamilton in several other films, but somehow he never has caught my eye except in this role (interestingly monnikered Grover, by the by). What makes this film work above the usual rabble of 20-something angst films is that you genuinely understand, can relate to, and feel for the characters. And the bits of business that have nothing to do with the "main" storyline, Grover's, are every bit as amusing and resonant. Highlights: Eric Stoltz and Carlos Jacott's "book club." Chris Eigeman ducking the "cookie guy." Carlos Jacott trying to remember the last "Friday the 13th" film. Any scene involving Parker Posey. I think I've watched this film about 10 times in completion. The ending, I've watched about 30 times. It's that good. I don't think I've ever seen a more tender, memorable, perfect scene than the parting one between Hamilton and Olivia D'Abo, where she takes out her retainer, smiles shyly at him and then there's a fabulous music cue that leads us into...the unknown. Of course, we know the ending, because Jane and Grover's fate has basically been the subject of the whole film, but the way Baumbach ties all of this together is truly inspired. Grover's speech at the airline ticket counter may be the best monologue in the history of cinema. Am I gushing irrationally here? Perhaps a little. But this film needs to be seen and recognized as the little gem (that's often better than anything else in the same genre done by a major studio/director) that it is.


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