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Kicking & Screaming
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Starring: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Steven Anthony Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Kate Walsh, Mike Dikta
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: kickingandscreamingmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Definitely.  Most definitely.
Date Movie: See Kiddie Movie.
Gratuitous Sex: It's PG, what do you think?
Gratuitous Violence: All in fun.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots and lots.  Ditka for a Golden Globe Award!!!!
Memorable Scene: Any scene with Da Coach.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Jesse Dylan
Produced By: Jim Miller, Jimmy Miller, Charles Roven

Kicking & Screaming
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:35 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I am now on the Richard Roeper bandwagon that Mike Ditka should get a Golden Globe Award for his role as himself in the pretty funny "Kicking & Screaming." Here we goÖ

Will Ferrell seems to be capitalizing big-time on his popularity, whether over-the-top raunchy in a film like "Old School" or to being a hero for kids in the likes of an "Elf." This time Ferrell is Phil Weston. Phil is one of those children who grows up with not too much athletic ability. Itís usually not a big problem, there are lots of those, but when your Dad is insanely competitive as a soccer coach, it can usually suck. This time Dad is Buck, played by Robert Duvall. Now an adult, Phil has a son who isnít that athletic either, so much so that Grandpa Buck trades him from his winning team to the losing team. The good thing for Sam (Dylan McLaughlin) is it means more playing time, or so Sam would think.

When the coach of the Tigers (Samís crappy team), doesnít show up for the big match, Buck decides to coach for the time being, only to be humiliated, and then deciding that he can show his Dad he can be just as good a coach as he is. Only he canít. Enter Mike Ditka, playing himself as the neighbor of Buck. Ditka doesnít like Buck, and really isnít a fan of soccer, but if it means getting one up on Buck, Iron Mike is all for it. So Mike helps Phil coach the soccer team, whipping the youngins into shape, and introducing Phil to the wonders of coffee, to which Phil easily becomes addicted. But sadly, Phil is starting to turn into the man he hates, namely Buck, ever intent on only winning, even if his son has to sit on the bench. And of course, Phil doesnít see this until the end, and all is well.

Look, the movie is about an overbearing father who wonít respect his son because his son isnít athletic. Itís also about a son trying to win a fatherís love. And thatís all touching and all, but this movie has Will Ferrell, and just as important, if not more, Mike Ditka, who take a sentimental story and make it hilarious. Will Ferrell is the character we have come to know and love, with an innocence imbedded in his over-the-top humor, and Mike Ditka went just overboard enough to make him delightfully funny. Good for the kids, great for adults, this movie was just a lot of fun and itís only rated PG. 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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