Nisid Hajari
April 12, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kicking & Screaming

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/13/05
performer
Will Ferrell, Mike Ditka, Robert Duvall, Rachael Harris
director
Jesse Dylan
distributor
Universal
author
Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

Cinematic cases of postcollege anomie suffer from a basic contradiction: Twentysomething graduates who are witty enough to snap off characteristically cutting one-liners would probably not waste their time seducing jailbait coeds and downing pitchers at the local watering hole. Writer-director Noah Baumbach’s contribution to the genre Kicking & Screaming — with its typically static plot involving four friends chained by apathy to their alma mater and hating themselves for it — adds no dramatic tension to that improbable scenario. But at least the dialogue (”Prague,” scoffs Hamilton to his girlfriend. ”You’ll come back as a bug”) scales the heights of post-Salinger acidity and provides an element of charming pathos well suited to home viewing.

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