Will Ferrell?s trademark off-the-wall lunacy kicks in for a comedy sure to score big with the whole family! Phil Weston (Ferrell) is a mild-mannered suburban dad - who?s suddenly transformed into a caffeine-fueled sports m... more »aniac when he becomes the coach of his son?s unruly soccer team. But when the championship pits Phil?s underdog team against the squad coached by his own domineering dad (Oscar winner Robert Duvall), it?s game on for the most uproarious mismatch of the season! Suit up for fun, Ferrell-style, with the comedy Ebert & Roeper give "Two Thumbs Up!"« less
Casey H. (Gnives) from BALDWYN, MS Reviewed on 6/7/2011...
Nothing makes things funnier than passive aggression.
Sarah C. (sassy16125) from GREENVILLE, PA Reviewed on 12/12/2010...
Love it!! Will Ferrell is the best!
Jaime G. (lolabell5) from SELKIRK, NY Reviewed on 10/4/2010...
hilarious family comedy
Stevie M. (Dignity132) from FT WALTON BCH, FL Reviewed on 12/29/2009...
A really funny family movie! This is a movie that kids and adults can watch and enjoy together.
Lauren S. (Laurens76) from CHARLTON, MA Reviewed on 12/5/2009...
I loved this movie when my husband and I first watched it years ago. Now, our two boys watch it with us and laugh their heads off too. Great family movie, which is hard to find these days. No scary or inappropriate content for young children. The only thing is some mild fresh language (shut up) and they do say 'hell' twice in one scene. Otherwise this is the best family movie we own.
Very funny until the comedy is allowed to get out of hand
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 12/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Will Ferrell is always funny, and the part of Phil Weston would seem to be tailor-made for his comedic antics. Phil's basically a little boy in a man's body, a little boy who wants to finally prove himself to his father and make up for never having met the old man's expectations. Robert Duvall lends the film an importance presence and additional laughs as the highly competitive Buck Weston, sporting goods king and highly successful coach of the Youth Soccer League Gladiators team. Phil (Ferrell) has never been able to get a leg up on his father - but certainly not from lack of effort. When he got married, his father got re-married; when he had a son, his father's wife gave birth to a son (slightly larger, of course) the same day. Young Sam and his equally young uncle Bucky play for the Gladiators, Buck's team, and they are all but unbeatable. Sam, though, is the proverbial benchwarmer, so Buck decides to trade his own grandson to the league's worst team. Yes, it's another team of misfits of all shapes and sizes that just need an incredible coach to take them to unsuspected glory. That coach is nowhere to be seen, and Phil ends up taking on the job.
That's when the competitive juices start flowing. The first big move Phil makes is to take on an assistant coach, his dad's neighbor and long-time enemy Mike Ditka. Iron Mike is surprisingly good in this film and more than holds his own beside both Ferrell and Duvall. He only takes the job to try and make Buck's life more difficult, but he soon goes about whipping the little misfits into shape. The team still stinks, but their fortunes begin to change when Ditka and Phil bring in two new players, a pair of Italian kids who were apparently born with soccer balls balanced on their feet. The team begins winning, and with every win Phil goes a little more cuckoo for cocoa puffs; his new coffee addiction doesn't really help, either. Sure, it's funny to watch Ferrell go about inspiring his team in pretty unorthodox ways, but it eventually gets to the point that the whole thing stops being funny. Even Ditka can't get behind telling the kids to cheat (without getting caught, of course) or break a few clavicles. Ferrell's character just goes so over-the-top that you just want to slap him; he lets the desire to beat his dad corrupt him completely, and the lack of moderation in the second half of the film is a real negative.
There are a lot of laughs to be had in Kicking and Screaming. It's exceedingly formulaic and predictable, but that doesn't matter all that much as long as the laughs keep coming. The script just takes Ferrell's character way too far over the line; watching a crazy guy coach soccer is funny, but watching a freak going bonkers on the sidelines is more annoying than anything else. The film could really have used more Ditka in the later stages. Don't go thinking this is some cameo by Iron Mike; he gets a lot of screen time, and he makes this movie better and funnier with all of his trademark habits.
In the end, Kicking and Screaming is a very funny movie, but it's not a great comedy. Despite excellent performances all around (especially Ditka's), the film is just too over-the-top for its own good. You can't say the movie tries to be anything more than it is, though - it's all about generating laughs and nothing else."
Nothing new | United States | 03/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I normally would not have rented this but my wife loves Will. It turned out to be quite funny, and the storyline was good as well. Ditka and Duval both doing above job in terms of acting and Will is Will. Some bad acting parts by Will (when he cries in the car) but overall good movie. Good fun for the family."
I may be tired of Will Ferrell's typical schtick
Jason | Backwater, Alabama | 01/04/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Most of Will Ferrell's movies cause me to laugh. In fact, I usually double-over in pain that is not too dissimilar to that of a runner. I simply can't breathe during portions of the movie. Kicking and Screaming didn't have that affect, however.
Even the addition of Mike Ditka, the historical coach of the Chicago Bears - my favorite team - couldn't really save this retread. The coffee bit was boring, the soccer angle was contrived, the addition of the superstar players has been done a million times before, and we all know that the kid who is forgotten about is going to pull through in the end.
It's cute, and probably works for the kids, but it's a lot like watching an actual soccer match. There may be one or two goals, and one or two excited moments, but for the most part it's grown men throwing fits and rolling around on the ground in poorly acted agony. It's good for a light laugh, but not much more."
Another underdog sports movie, but this one is fun and enter
K. Hinton | Atlanta, GA | 11/17/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Kicking and Screaming is another underdog sports story with the requisite funny guy who has to help the losing team become winners. In this movie, the funny guy is played by Will Ferrell and the losing team hits close to home because his son is a member.
All of his life Phil Weston (Ferrell) lived in the shadow of his father's sports aspirations. He was clumsy, uncoordinated and never really succeeded at any of the sports he tried; Phil's father, Buck Weston "King of Sporting Goods," has always been disappointed in his son's athletic prowess and the two have a running air of competition throughout their lives. When Phil gets engaged, his father does too. When Phil's son is born, the same day he gets a little brother. All of this leads up to Buck coaching a little league soccer team that both boys participate in. However, Phil's son, true to form, is benched most of the time and eventually traded to a rival team where Phil becomes the coach. With the help of a caffeine addiction, soccer DVDs, and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, Phil does everything in his power to try to beat his father's team in the championships.
This movie is like so many other underdog sports stories like The Benchwarmers, Dodgeball, and Ladybugs, but fun nonetheless. The deleted scenes and outtakes are also not to be missed. Overall, if you're a fan of Will Ferrell and kiddie sports movies, you can't go wrong with Kicking and Screaming."
Be warned, muchacho! You're in the show, now!
C. E. Miles | O'Fallon, IL United States | 07/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let's get a few things straight right off the bat, okay? 1. Not every movie ever made has to be thought provoking and artistically satisfying. 2. Will Ferrell will probably never be mentioned in the same breath as De Niro and Pacino. If you can get on board with these two statements, then you might just enjoy "Kicking & Screaming". Let's face it, the premise is almost absurd, but isn't absurdity the stuff of good comedy?
Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) is upset that his son Sam is nothing more than a bench warmer on the soccer team coached by his father Buck Weston (Robert Duvall). To appease Phil, Buck trades Sam to a rival soccer team so he can get more playing time, and through a series of events Phil becomes the coach of Sam's new team. The only problem is Phil knows nothing about soccer. What follows is a string of hilarious moments that culminate with a Father versus Son coached championship match.
As a whole this is not a great movie, but there are many moments that are laugh out loud hilarious, and it seems the more you watch it, the more you like it. Ferrell is in rare form as he slowly transforms from the milquetoast, quiet, inept coach to the win at all cost clone of his father. His rants will leave you with a ton of quotable lines that will make you laugh just thinking about them. Obviously Will Ferrell movies are targeted to a specific audience; I guess I happen to be one of them.
Grade: B Recommendation: Buy it, if you can get it cheap "