Kicking & Screaming
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Immaturity and poor sportsmanship once again find their firmly established place in children's athletics (at least among the adults) in this sports comedy. Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) is a tightly wound suburban father who had a competitive streak worn into him by his father, Buck (Robert Duvall), who never seemed to feel that his son measured up. When Phil's son joins a Little League soccer team, Phil signs on as coach, only to learn that Buck -- who also has a ten-year-old son these days -- will be coaching a team in the same league. Determined to show his father he can do the job,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Will Ferrell has become the most unlikely embodiment of wholesome family fun since Fred MacMurray gave up film noir for My Three Sons."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Ferrell is one of the film's few bright lights. It's a shame to hide that subversive beacon under a bushel of dully inspirational sports movie cliches."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Is this all there is to Ferrell's career? Mediocre comedies, and wasted talent?"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The picture is a little about soccer, a little about parenting, and a lot about laughing. Mike Ditka shows up and delivers a kick-butt performance."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Will Ferrell cria um personagem carismático a partir de um roteiro burocrático e, no processo, consegue divertir e levar o espectador a se envolver com a história."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"... barely watchable."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"As lazy, bloated and TV-screen- friendly as shameless promos come."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Director Jesse Dylan, desperate to avoid yawns, flails madly with staging, editing, slow motion -- any trick he can think of, whether it fits or works or not."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Kicking & Screaming succeeds because it understands its target audience, refraining from playing it too cute or crude. Though predictable, it's well executed."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"... Kicking & Screaming is not very good."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"A zero, but the title describes how the audience is likely to react, perfectly."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"If you're into Will Ferrell."
‑ Malene Arpe, Toronto Star
"If this footy film was in a league it would be languishing at the bottom of the Vauxhall Conference."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Mostly useless"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Kicking and Screaming feels as if it were callously vomited out by a machine, along with a couple of spare parts and some putrid grease."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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