Kicking and Screaming

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Released 1995

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Director:
Noah Baumbach
Released:
1995
Rating:
R
Kicking and Screaming is the debut film from independent filmmaking darling Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenburg, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox). Not to be mistaken for the other similarly titled Will Farrell movie, this film is an attempt at a reminiscence of lost love and the misplaced excitement of college life. The basic plot is that a group of 4 college buddies have just finished school and they're all going no place fast. You have Max (Chris Eigemen), the cynical one, who is verbally abusive to his friends. Otis (Carlos Jacott) is the neurotic one who can barely dress himself. Skippy (Jason Wiles) is the long-haired guy who just wants to stay in school. And Grover (Josh Hamilton) is the main character, a young writer whose girlfriend leaves for Prague, ruining all his plans for post-graduation. Also on hand is Eric Stolz (Mask, The Fly II, Pulp Fiction) as Chet, the professional student who tends bar and is in his tenth year of university studies.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Baumbach surely does make these characters, all of whom are impeccably acted, absolutely real, but at 25 he may be too close to the material to achieve the detachment from which ir...

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The film succeeds in finding something sweetly romantic and visually fresh in Grover's flashback memories of Jane, along with allowing Grover plenty of room for wisecracks.

  • 70

    Variety

    The director is more successful in setting an easy, low-key tone, with nicely framed shots and subtle camera movements downplaying the script's pretensions.

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