Kicking & Screaming

Kicking & Screaming
Kicking & Screaming
  • PG
  • 1h 34m
  • 2005
Rotten40%
Common Sense Media Iconage 9+
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Will Ferrell's trademark off-the-wall lunacy kicks in for a comedy sure to score big with the whole family! Phil Weston (Ferrell) is a mild-mannered suburban dad - who's suddenly transformed into a caffeine-fueled sports maniac when he becomes the coach of his son's unruly soccer team. But when the championship pits Phil's underdog team against the squad coached by his own domineering dad (Oscar® winner Robert Duvall), it's game on for the most uproarious mismatch of the season! Suit up for fun, Ferrell-style, with the comedy Ebert & Roeper give "Two Thumbs Up!"
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten40%
Critics Consensus: The script is mediocre and fails to give Ferrell a proper comedic showcase.
Reviews
Time Out
Stephen Garrett
Fresh

Will Ferrell has become the most unlikely embodiment of wholesome family fun since Fred MacMurray...

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
AV Club
Keith Phipps
Rotten

This isn't the worst setup for a kiddie comedy, but it proves that Ferrell alone can't carry a fil...

January 29, 2019
Detroit Free Press
John Monaghan
Rotten

... barely watchable.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 9+
Common Sense Says
This sometimes-obnoxious comedy is no Elf.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kicking & Screaming includes repeated scenes of physical violence against children. Though this is staged as humor -- specifically, a function of the immaturity and insecurity of perpetrators Phil (Will Ferrell) and his father Buck (Robert Duvall) -- it's also annoying and even startling (Phil kicks his own 10-year-old son, Buck pushes another child into a pool). The soccer game scenes are mostly fun, but do include a few rough action sequences. A couple of characters are slapped, punched, and kneed in the groin, adults smoke and drink (Phil becomes addicted to coffee and very jittery). In one scene, the kids' team emerges from a van covered in blood (following an afternoon chopping meat in a butcher's shop), and so intimidate their opponents into forfeiting the game. Phil instructs his team members to bay at the moon like dogs. One child on the team has lesbian parents, who make Phil nervous, though he does his best to be "correct."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:May 13, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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