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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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Jesse Dylan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Phil Weston
Robert Duvall ... Buck Weston
Mike Ditka ... Mike Ditka
Kate Walsh ... Barbara Weston
Musetta Vander ... Janice Weston
Dylan McLaughlin ... Sam Weston
Josh Hutcherson ... Bucky Weston
Steven Anthony Lawrence ... Mark Avery
Jeremy Bergman Jeremy Bergman ... Hunter
Elliott Cho ... Byong Sun (as Elliot Cho)
Erik Walker Erik Walker ... Ambrose
Dallas McKinney ... Connor
Francesco Liotti Francesco Liotti ... Gian Piero
Alessandro Ruggiero Alessandro Ruggiero ... Massimo
Sammy Fine ... Jack
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Storyline

Phil Weston is a goodhearted loser who suffered throughout his childhood due to his competitive overbearing sports coach father, and this has resulted in him inheriting that same attitude, which affects his relationship with his less-than athletic son. When he becomes coach of his son's soccer team, with a poor track record in terms of winning, he strives to beat a rival team, coached by none other than his father. Written by Tom Daly

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soccer Dads See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,159,925, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$52,842,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,070,433
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Massimo: [after Sam keeps falling over] Mama Mia! You're a real DUFFER, you know?
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Connections

Referenced in Bella and the Bulldogs: Kicking and Scheming (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

WE CAN WORK IT OUT
Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A formulaic cliché, true. But also a colourful, honest, and straightforward entertainment. I liked it.
31 July 2005 | by bopdogSee 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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