Parents' Guide to

Kicking & Screaming

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

This sometimes-obnoxious comedy is no Elf.

Movie PG 2005 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Hilarious Will Ferrell has done it again

2 uses of hell and 4 uses of ass
age 10+

A Mess on and off the Field

The CSM review is spot on! This so-called comedy might have its laughs outnumbered by shockingly poor messages. When Mike Ditka is the moral barometer, you know it's going to sink low, again and again. The side plot about coffee is, much like the rest of the movie, very forced and borderline absurd. I'm not sure you can go 5 minutes in this film without a stereotype reinforcement or violence against kids. My son enjoyed the soccer scenes, but we found very few laughs in general.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (22 ):

KICKING AND SCREAMING is essentially a series of annoying episodes that are disconnected and obnoxious. Phil is one of Ferrell's characters in which the immaturity isn't outweighed by his natural appeal, and the film ends up feeling clunky and, frankly, unfunny.

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