Michael Endelman
August 18, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kicking & Screaming

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/13/05
performer
Will Ferrell, Mike Ditka, Robert Duvall, Rachael Harris
director
Jesse Dylan
distributor
Universal
author
Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

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

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