Kicking and Screaming
Kicking and Screaming (1995)

Inspired by the advent of Seattle's grunge music sound and popular films such as Slacker (1991) and Singles (1992), the Generation X comedy-drama was born. Typified by characters in their early twenties sharing an abundance of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 22, 2006
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77%



Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

First-time writer and director Noah Baumbach, 25, has a knack for acute observation and a spirited cast to animate every twisted nuance.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Mixing the neurotic drive of Woody Allen with the urbane wit of Stillman, this derivative debut presents yet another take on guys who simply can't let go of college--and their adolescence.

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Sporadically funny film with an achingly predictable plot - your enjoyment of this will hinge on whether or not you think Will Ferrell is a Comedy God.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Baumbach ... pushes his rigorous stance to the extent that you begin to wonder why you're bothering to watch the aimless lives of these four unfold.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Charts the aimlessness and ennui of four insufferable, maturation-adverse college grads with relaxed realism.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of the better navel-gazing comedies of this period

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

For a debut, Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming is an impressive effort, but it lacks the resonance or flexibility of his The Squid and the Whale, released ten years later.

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Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com

Not much happens, but it captures that moment between college and the real world with perceptive [occasionally glib] accuracy.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Smart and well-performed - captures a time and a feeling with grace and intelligence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A very opinionated by empty and aimless bore concerning recent college graduates struggling to find their place in the world, and how their lives change over… More
Jennifer Xu
I really dig the subtlety of this movie, and how the ending was so seamlessly incorporated. Although sometimes the lines didn't ring honest, I can identify… More
Graham Jones
The very underrated hilarious debut from Noah Baumkbach has perhaps the most qoutable lines of any movie I've seen and features great performances from… More
Curtis Lilly
A lot of it was obnoxious, but it had spurts of good moments. Subtle humor is used well in places. A typical 2.5 star movie; see it or don't, it's… More
Spencer S.
For what's it worth, I truly believe in Gen X comedy-dramas. Even if you didn't fully enjoy this period in history, the quirky characters and… More
Steve B.
"What I used to be able to pass off as just a bad summer, could now potentially turn into a bad life."