Friday, May 20, 2005

Movie Reivew: Kicking and Screaming

In a suprise move, Rat made a motion Friday morning (about an hour before the showing) to go see Kicking and Screaming. AJ declined but after a little prodding I agreed to go (Mac was not consulted as he is still off taking care of Mini Mac and requires more than 45 minutes to plan an outing).

So here is my review:

Kicking and Screaming is very much your garden variety family sport movie. Every aspect of the story has been told before and will be told again in another family movie.

That being said, there were some interesting characters that did make the movie a little more watch able than I expected. Mike Ditka, for instance actually puts in a fair amount of screen time and does a fairly respectable job at it. I wouldn't advise him to start doing 'Shakespeare in the Park' any time soon but for this type of movie, he did quite well for himself. Robert Duvall also does a nice job as the over competitive dad. On the other hand, Will Ferrell, who is the main reason I agreed to see this movie, is a bit uneven and is sometimes funny and sometimes just annoying. Most of that seems more to do with some aimless writing than his actual acting but nonetheless, he's the one on screen so the blame falls to him first.

As for the story itself, as I've already said, there is nothing new. It's the basic story of a team of 'losers' (for lack of a better word) who need a new coach. Ferrell volunteers and the rest of the movie follows their progression from last place to being contenders for the title. As expected, along the way Ferrell forgets that it's all about playing the game and instead becomes obsessed with beating the team his father (Duvall) coaches.

From a kids perspective, there should be enough humour to keep them entertained for the entire hour and a half and if you have kids this is a pretty safe choice for a family night out at the movies. If you don't have any rugrats running around, while it has it's moments, the lack of originality and often pointless scenes make this a renter, at best.

With kids, 2.5 out of 5

Without kids, 2 out of 5


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