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Kicking and Screaming (1995)

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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... See full summary »

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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:

Desmoi filias See more »

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Gross USA:

$704,543
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The college is loosely based on Vassar College, which director Noah Baumbach attended. 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 »

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Girl at bar: Well my brother's gay so... I know!
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References Shao Lin tong zi gong (1983) See more »

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All in My Mind
Written by Freedy Johnston (as Freddy Johnson), Maxine Brown, and Leroy Kirkland
Performed by Maxine Brown
Courtesy of Highland Music
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Hilarious, fantastic portrayal of disaffected college grads
16 January 2003 | by edawstwinSee all my reviews

If I had to pick one movie that I was forced to watch again and again, it may be this one. Not that this is Citizen Kane or The Godfather, it's just that it speaks to me. Never has anyone dealt with disaffection in such a witty manner. Every character has something to say on the subject, and it's hysterical. I really GET all of the characters, even if I can't identify with some of them. None of the actors appear to be TRYING, which most seem to do in films of this genre. Josh Hamilton's portrayal of Grover is subtle but outstanding. Olivia d'Abo is radiant, and (retainer and all), I can't take my eyes off of her. Chris Eigeman steals every scene he's in, as usual, and missed his calling as a stand-up comedian - he's that funny. Baumbach's use of flashbacks is one of the most effective I've ever seen, and the transitions to flashbacks look amazing. And finally, this movie is infinitely quotable. "Cookie Man, go away", "I gotta go - I gotta sleep with a freshman", "Jane 2: Electric Boogaloo?", and "Oh, I've been to Prague" still crack me up after 20 or 30 viewings of this film (need the DVD to come out before my tape wears out).

So I can't say enough about this film. If you haven't seen it, go buy it.

P.S. What happened to Noah Baumbach? Sophomore and Junior jinxes with his two follow-ups. Bad movies. Oh well, "Kicking and Screaming" more than makes up for them.


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