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Kicking & Screaming - Criterion Collection
Kicking Screaming - Criterion Collection
Actors: Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Samuel Gould, Catherine Kellner, Jonathan Baumbach
Director: Noah Baumbach
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2006     1hr 36min

Paralyzed with post-graduation ennui, a group of college friends remain on campus, patching together a community for themselves in order to deny the real-world futures awaiting them. Academy Award?nominated screenwriter No...  more »


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Actors: Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Samuel Gould, Catherine Kellner, Jonathan Baumbach
Director: Noah Baumbach
Creators: Noah Baumbach, Andrew Hersh, Carol Baum, Erin Gorman, Jason Blum, Jeremy Kramer, Oliver Berkman
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/22/2006
Original Release Date: 10/06/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 10/06/1995
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/22/2023...
Had some moments but talk about just dragging along to stopping at times. You thought this would get better but it never did and by the end, you were mostly dissatisfied.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Oh, I've been to Prague"
Jim M. | Springfield MA | 03/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Noah Baumbach's KICKING AND SCREAMING is one of the funniest, smartest, most realistic films about post college life.

Following several guys, after they graduate from college and have no idea what to do with their life. So, they just stay in their college town and act like they are still in college.

The cast is perfect. Josh Hamilton and Chris Eigemann (star of Whit Stillman's films) are terrific together.

It is filled with so many great moments (the final airport sequence is one of the great speeches in film history), great quotes, it is just a great film.

Even if it isn't on DVD (and it should be) it is worth picking up the VHS to see."
A Joyous Good Time!
Bernard Chapin | CHICAGO! USA | 06/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Few movies do I enjoy more than Kicking and Screaming. I own a copy and watch it every six months or so. It always makes me laugh but it also succeeds in making the viewer experience sincere empathy and sympathy for its characters. Anyone who went to college in the nineties can relate to these individuals at some level. Furthermore, just in case you're wondering, its not a Whit Stillman film but many of the same actors are used such as Chris Eigeman. Here we have a group of friends who have to be dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood. All of them appear to be deflated by their graduations from college. "What do we do now?" is their central question. By the end, nearly everybody discovers some kind of direction in which to take their lives."
It's no "St. Elmo's Fire"
James P. Hunt | Oklahoma City, OK USA | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"And thank God. I can't add much more to what others have already said. It's a great film. Warm, funny, touching. Great performances, great writing. I particularly like the scene with Chris Eigeman in the bar, saying, "Look at these [bleeping] people." And the ending is a masterstroke. Heartbreaking, but perhaps that's the point: youth will go and in the end the best you may have is a wonderful, nostalgic memory. They tried to make a film addressing post-graduate angst when I was in college. It was called "St. Elmo's Fire" and it was truly one of the worst things ever put on screen. Max, look at Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Emilio Estevez and ponder how such dark forces could gather together and create such a pretentious, self indulgent mess of a movie and get people to see it. There were actually a couple of people I went to school with that took that movie quite seriously; formed dialogues over it, etc. The way to handle them was to nod as if you took them seriously and get them to continue to embarrass themselves. The point is, while the theme or idea may not be anything new, what matters is the writing, the performances and the presentation. "Kicking and Screaming" is honest and human while "St. Elmo's" was (at that time) star-studded, cynical and pandering and ultimately very stupid. I recommend people buy a copy of "Kicking and Screaming". Because it is one of the great films of the 90's that hardly anyone saw and it will probably be difficult to find it stocked in video stores after 2004."