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Kicking & Screaming

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Original title
Kicking & Screaming
Running time
95 min.
United States United States
Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
Mark Isham
Lloyd Ahern
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Universal Pictures / Mosaic Media Group
Comedy | Sports. Soccer/Football. Family-friendly
Synopsis / Plot
Welcome to that cutthroat, hyper-competitive, do-or-die sport of...little league soccer, a world where kids and their victory-crazed suburban parents find themselves on a high-stakes collision course-all in the name of good, clean, athletic fun. At the epicenter of this overzealous world is Phil Weston (W. FERRELL), a gentle, New-Agey vitamin salesman who, by default, ends up coaching his sweet 10-year-old son Sam's (D. McLAUGHLIN) last-place team, the Tigers. This would be tough enough for the super-supportive Phil, who truly believes it's not whether you win or lose but if your soul gets nurtured. But when he's pitted against his gung-ho, relentlessly competitive father Buck (R. DUVALL), who coaches his own young son Bucky's (J. HUTCHERSON) top-ranked team, the Gladiators, a lifetime of putting up with Buck's overbearing ways finally takes its toll on Phil and, well...the balls hit the field.

Eventually, as Phil and Buck go head-to-head for the soccer league championship, the pair's past and constant rivalry spins wildly out of control, forcing each to stop at nothing to ensure a winning season. This includes a now-maniacal Phil recruiting the world's best assistant coach, the legendary Mike Ditka, as well as two young Italian soccer prodigies who become the Tigers' secret weapons. Can father and son put their rocky past behind, do what's best for their own children and realize that soccer is just a game? Not a chance! May the best coach win.
2005: Nominated for Razzie Awards: Worst Actor (Will Ferrell)
Critics' reviews
  • "An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
  • "It would have been nice if someone had included a script, too."
  • "A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough. (...) Rating: ★ (out of four)."
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