Kicking and Screaming (1995) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A bunch of guys hang around their college for months after graduation, continuing a life much like the one before graduation.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 12 out of 72 found boring (16.66%)

One-line Reviews (33)

It shows that the future can be funny or not funny, boring or stimulating, etc. In all, it tells us that life will go on no matter what we do, and that we have to make the right decisions at the right time or else we won't get what we want.

It is so cliché and slow moving that it is unbearable to watch.

It is the only scene in the film that makes it a challenge to stay awake.

You'll like a lot of what you hear and you'll be bored by a lot of it.

For an "indy" film it is good, but every scene is too long.

However, this movie hardly does that feeling justice because the characters are so unbelievably thick, annoying, uninspired, pretentious, and un- relatable.

A waste of time for anyone who values their time and brainspace .

Noah Baumbach has predicated a film, not so much on realistic conversation being that characters can often expunge a paragraph worth of ideas and ramblings without even breaking a sweat or stammering over their words, but on humorous and eminently quotable film that releases the confusing and often unorthodox mind of a young adult.

" The guys amuse themselves on dreary afternoons: they ask each other if they beat off; they do each others' girlfriends; they crowd around the beer bottles and cigarettes to play trivia games ("Name all 7 Jason Voorhees movies").

He may be too smart to make a coherent and entertaining story about human interaction and psychology.

These people are a little too aimless to be completely compelling.

Where as the two parents on the edge of divorce in the latter film are writers, in Kicking and Screaming, the two young people in the outs of their love are aspiring writers and the main's parents are going through divorce.

Josh Hamilton and Olivia d'Abo's mid-day drunk scene is very enjoyable as well.

The guys Max and Otis are probably the most engaging out of the group of characters.

In general, an enjoyable film for anyone, I think.

As in his later films, Baumbach seems to take pity on pretentious and tremendously insecure characters while simultaneously taking delight in exposing their weaknesses to the world.

He was also everywhere, even in some particularly banal films (Killing Zoe, anyone?

Forget Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti (both of which I like), this one is more intelligent, more engaging and really interesting.

Talk-heavy indie is fresh and witty but boring .

"Kicking and Screaming" is an experiment, an artsy film that some will love just for being artsy and others will find boring for being exactly that way.

The characters are very boring and intellectual, or at least they think they are, intellectual that is.

Because they are pretentious posers unwilling to put forth the dedication necessary to become masters of any craft, much like the director at the time when he made this.

It shows a bit of promise, since some of the dialogue is okay here, but, overall, this is a talky, indie bore.

Effortlessly breathtaking.

While the plot revolves around the romance between Grover and Jane, the most enjoyable and funny moments come from scenes where the housemates are just hanging out together, expounding on their somewhat pitiful lives.

Did I mention there's no plot?

He wrote and directed it at age 25, which is a real accomplishment because the film's very compelling.

Pretentious, uninteresting .

Jane is pretty much the ideal realization of all the odd, quirky, lovely, bizarre, pretentious, disaffected, writers I had crushes on in university and even before and after that time, and the few I was fortunate enough to date.

It's funny and unpredictable, like when one unlikely romance works out while another perfect romance falls apart.

Skippy's girlfriend Miami is still a student so he stays, Otis is scared of moving to Milwaukee, Grover's girlfriend went to Prague, thus dumping him and backing out of their plans to live in Brooklyn together, etc. It's a very indie take on a coming of age story.

Cliché and Trite .

I couldn't relate to any of them, found them all so incredibly irksome and pretentious, and there was absolutely no point to any of their narratives.