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Formulaic clich� true but colorfully honest.
on May 14, 2006
I liked this movie. Sometimes a 'simple' movie can be colorful enough, and entertaining enough, without having to be great or artsy. 'Kicking and Screaming' was very formulaic. I actually found myself predicting each step and outcome as the plot unfolded--- the adult abused child, his dad, and his son, and the three generations colliding. The re-play of the overbearing father thing, the adult man vowing to never be like his father, but then getting accidentally caught up in the same dynamic himself. then the sports movie redemption, etc., etc.
It sounds like a clich?, and it is--- but, oddly, I found myself more surprised than annoyed as each clich? denouement surfaced. I kept thinking, as the clich? loomed--- 'Nahhhh... they wouldn't do that. There must be some slick tricky twist coming up.' Nope. No twists, no tricks--- all the clich?s play through exactly like you expected them to. But there was a certain courage and honesty about that, which I greatly admired. They had a simple. straight-forward, no-nonsense formula story, which they played out exactly as that. It was very honest. Robert Duvall--- always great. Will Ferrell, always funny. Mike Ditka, as an actor--- he's a great football coach.
Overall, Kicking & Screaming is a great family sports film that fulfills all comedic expectations. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for lighthearted, silly, and all-around fun entertainment. (That'd probably be somewhere around most people or so, wouldn't it?)