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Kicking & Screaming

Genre: Drama; Starring: Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Olivia d'Abo, Chris Eigeman, Parker Posey; Director: Noah Baumbach; Author: Noah Baumbach; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: R

EW PICK

Noah Baumbach’s debut Kicking and Screaming is a talky indie that captures Gen-X uncertainty about life after college. The plot is minimal — a group of friends decides to stick around campus after graduation — but the hyper-articulate banter is wry, and the performances carry an impressive emotional heft. EXTRAS A bounty of Criterion goodies, including new conversations with director and cast, where we learn that Eric Stoltz’s role was expanded at the last minute, and a goofy 2000 short from Baumbach featuring more circular riffing. A-Michael Endelman

Originally posted August 18 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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