• Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Kicking & Screaming

Release Date: May 13th, 2005

DVD Release Date: October 11th, 2005

PG |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

As a child, Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) was never able to live up to the demands of his overbearing father, Buck (Robert Duvall), who wanted Phil to be an athlete. Now a parent himself, Phil has inherited his father's competitive nature, while his son, Sam (Dylan McLaughlin), has inherited Phil's lack of athletic talent. Serving as Sam's soccer coach, Phil hopes to turn his last-place team of losers into champions, so they can beat the rival team coached by Buck.

Cast: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka, Kate Walsh, Musetta Vander, Dylan McLaughlin, Josh Hutcherson, Steven Anthony Lawrence

Director: Jesse Dylan

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Growing up, Rivalry, Wife, Charming, Son, Underdog, 2000s, Amusing, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This is little more than a big-budget sitcom, with a guest appearance by Mike Ditka, who plays an unfunny version of himself as Phil's assistant coach.

  • 70
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an "Old School" or "Anchorman" or the retro charm of an "Elf," but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle. It certainly is more enjoyable than a lot of what passes for family entertainment these days. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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