• Released
  • October 4, 1995
  • R , 1 hr 36 min
  • Romantic Comedy
    Comedy Drama
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Kicking and Screaming Synopsis
Preppies (Josh Hamilton, Olivia d'Abo, Carlos Jacott) face first year out of college.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Like the stationary figures it portrays, Kicking And Screaming is alive at the edges; it comes with a vibrant border of trenchant asides,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The final affirmation of this romance is really an affirmation of Baumbach's talent: that a young filmmaker fixated on the solipsistic...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Kicking and Screaming doesn't have much of a plot, but of course it wouldn't; this is a movie about characters waiting for their plots to...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Written and directed by newcomer Noah Baumbach with an excellent ear for absurdity and a keen eye for the offhand realities of everyday...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Scenes move from hurt to resigned laughter and ring poignantly true. The heroically unfashionable result is a minor but distinct pleasure.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It’s a nice debut piece for director Baumbach, despite the film’s reliance on the twentysomething blues formula.
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By James Berardinelli
We've seen this story so many times that it's starting to wear thin. In many ways, Kicking and Screaming is mildly enjoyable, but all it...
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TV Guide

First-time director Noah Baumbach seems to have learned everything he knows about the world from MTV, and his style suggests that he's...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Moviegoers of rarefied sensibilities will easily identify this anti-captain-of-industry as a "typical Eric Stoltz role," just as moviegoers...
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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Baumbach is obviously a bright man, but this material is too thin for anything more than a slight New Yorker short story about thoughtful...
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Rated R