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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bucky Weston
Jeremy Bergman ...
Byong Sun (as Elliot Cho)
Erik Walker ...
Francesco Liotti ...
Alessandro Ruggiero ...


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kicking and Screaming  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,159,925, 15 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,580,895, 31 July 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the second time, a cast member from The Godfather (1972) plays the father of Will Ferrell's character. James Caan played his father in Elf (2003). See more »


When Phil & Buck are in the basement playing darts, Buck throws a bullseye, then pulls his darts from the board, thus leaving the board free of darts. Phil's first ensuing throw lands in the neon sign, breaking it. Buck throws his dart and lands a bullseye, but there are two other darts in the bullseye circle in the close-up. See more »


Ann Hogan: Hi, Mr.Ditka. I was wondering - my son byong-sun is a little shy, so could I get an autograph?
Mike Ditka: Yeah, sure, how do you spell it?
Ann Hogan: B-Y-...
Mike Ditka: I think I got it.
[gives paper]
Donna Jones: [walking away looking at autograph] Bing-bong?
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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »


Written by John Popper
Performed by Blues Traveler
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Mediocre Family Film
30 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

After years of dealing with his father's insanely competitive nature, Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) finally gets the chance to meet up to his father's lofty expectations. He starts coaching a kids' soccer team, but as they get closer to the championships, he finds himself turning into his manic father.

The premise isn't exactly new and a movie like this one tends to be on the predictable side. However, sport comedies can be enjoyable and fun so I was expecting a fun little movie from Kicking and Screaming. The film turned out to be mediocre though. It offered a few funny moments but the script is kind of weak and Ferrell isn't given a lot to work with. Screenwriters Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick offer a rather lame script filled with a bunch of clichés and it brings the film down. They seem to be stealing from the Bad News Bears and Little Giants. However, Kicking and Screaming still has a few original ideas and it is a harmless movie.

The acting is okay, nothing special. Will Ferrell gives an okay performance as Phil. Sometimes he manages to be really funny while other times he tries way too hard. Surprisingly, Mike Ditka steals the film from Ferrell and he gives a good performance. His performance isn't going to light the world on fire but at least he does a better job than Duvall. Robert Duvall gives a bad and dull performance as Phil's dad. Comedy is not his element and he should avoid doing it in the future. The funniest kid in the film is Elliot Cho who played Byong Sun. The most annoying kid in the film is Steven Anthony Lawrence since he isn't funny at all. I don't understand what casting directors see in him since he's just annoying and not funny.

Jess Dylan directs and he does an okay job. He manages to come up with a few funny scenes and he keeps the film very simple and safe. While the movie did have it's funny moments, it also had a few dull scenes that weren't all that necessary. The movie is also kind of bland and really predictable. It was also kind of a lazy movie since the filmmakers didn't really try anything new. The good thing is that the movie is only 95 minutes long so at least it wasn't too much of a pain to sit through. Still, Kicking and Screaming is only a mediocre family film and it's kind of a one joke comedy that gets old after awhile. In the end, Kicking and Screaming isn't worth the full ticket price but it might make for a decent rental. Rating 6/10

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