By Nisid Hajari
Updated April 12, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Kicking & Screaming

type
  • Movie

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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Kicking & Screaming

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 90 minutes
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