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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

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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:

Kicking and Screaming See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,497, 8 October 1995

Gross USA:

$718,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$718,490
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was almost accepted in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but Noah Baumbach refused to cut 15 minutes as they requested, and the film was ultimately rejected. 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

Jane: Sometimes you can be such a child.
Grover: Yeah, but if I was a child you'd find that endearing.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Braver, Newer, World
Written by Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Performed by Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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The best male bonding comedy since "Diner"
10 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

KICKING AND SCREAMING (1995) **** Josh Hamilton, Olivia d' Abo, Chris Eigeman, Parker Posey, Eric Stoltz, Jason Wiles, Carlos Jacott, Cara Buono. To label this the perfect Generation X film so far would do an injustice to this exceptionally brilliant and dead accurate depiction of twentysomethings embarking upon The Real World and grasping futilely to remain in their comfortable existence at college. More like an update of "Diner" with five college pals griping, searching and dealing with their recent shift of reality with some truly biting dialogue and wholly believeable sequences. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach (who has a cameo in the "cow f***er" exchange). Perfect.


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