Kicking & Screaming
Movie Stats & Links
Robert Duvall, Steven Anthony Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Kate
Walsh, Mike Dikta
Definitely. Most definitely.
||See Kiddie Movie.
||It's PG, what do
||All in fun.
||Lots and lots.
Ditka for a Golden Globe Award!!!!
||Any scene with Da
||Too many to list.
||Jim Miller, Jimmy
Miller, Charles Roven
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
Kicking & Screaming
A Movie Review
Will Ferrell seems to be capitalizing big-time on his
popularity, whether over-the-top raunchy in a film like
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!!