Related Articles: Movies, All

Kicking & Screaming

A Kick In The Head

This movie is like some kind of mythological creature: part fairly amusing adult comedy, part unapologetically silly children's flick. Kicking and Screaming is a two-headed beast that needs to be slaughtered in half. Will Farrell's comedic antics are one thing, but paired with saccharine speeches, a gaggle of ten-year old boys and Mike Ditka, it turns into something else altogether.

Farrell plays Phil Weston, a plodding good-natured guy who has been trying to please his gruff, pushy and overly competitive father, Buck (Robert Duvall) his entire life. Buck is such a horrible character; you end up getting annoyed at Phil for even putting with the jerk. After Buck carelessly trades Phil's son Sam (Dylan McLaughlin) to another little league soccer team, he decides to coach the team, consisting of a bunch of unathletic pups all suffering from what seems to be ADHD, himself, enlisting the help of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka (WTF?) who just so happens to be his dad's much reviled neighbor.

The first half of the movie is pretty funny and garners some actual laughs, however, the second half of the movie will make you want to off yourself unless you are either ten or a lobotomy candidate. In fact, Elliott Cho, playing Byong Sun the Korean adopted son of two white lesbian moms, who might only be like three feet tall but packs in a big laugh, consistently upstages Farrell. The second half of the movie comes off the track when Phil, in an effort to save his team, invites two young Italian "apprentice butchers" (they are still ten mind you) whose life's motto is "Meat First". Then there is a seriously awry side story about coffee in which Phil becomes a caffeine addict that is so off point it defies explanation.

Unless you have young children, do yourself a favor and stay away from Kicking and Screaming.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars