Kicking and Screaming

Kicking and Screaming

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Director: Noah Baumbach

Cast: Josh Hamilton, Olivia D'Abo, Carlos Jacott


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Inspired by the advent of Seattle's grunge music sound and popular films such as Slacker (1991) and Singles (1992), the Generation X comedy-drama was born. Typified by characters in their early twenties sharing an abundance of education, a lack of career direction, stunted romantic aspirations and an obsession with popular culture, one of the betterSee more details below

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Inspired by the advent of Seattle's grunge music sound and popular films such as Slacker (1991) and Singles (1992), the Generation X comedy-drama was born. Typified by characters in their early twenties sharing an abundance of education, a lack of career direction, stunted romantic aspirations and an obsession with popular culture, one of the better examples of the genre was Kicking and Screaming. Josh Hamilton stars as Grover, a recent college graduate and aspiring writer depressed over the departure of his girlfriend Jane (Olivia d'Abo) for a fellowship in Prague. Josh's best friends are in a similar predicament. Skippy (Jason Wiles) is a classic slacker couch potato still attending classes despite having graduated, while the philosophical Max (Chris Eigeman) and Otis (Carlos Jacott), a mechanical engineer, both remain unemployed. Tenth-year student Chet (Eric Stoltz), who works at a local bar and has still not finished his education, serves as a cautionary tale for the four unmotivated pals. Kicking and Screaming was the debut of writer and director Noah Baumbach and the first of several cinematic collaborations between him and actors Eigeman and Stoltz.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This incisive 1995 comedy was one of the decade’s most lionized independent films, and with good reason. Making his directorial debut, Noah Baumbach gives voice to Generation X adults-to-be, ill prepared to reconcile their hermetic educational experiences with the pressures and responsibilities of the workaday world. Kicking and Screaming focuses on a group of college friends gripped by post-graduation ennui and determined to delay the inevitable by remaining on campus in their insular little community. A model for what hip, skillfully constructed indie films could aspire to, Kicking and Screaming sports a surfeit of pithy, quotable lines delivered by an outstanding ensemble cast including the ubiquitous Parker Posey, Cara Buono, Chris Eigeman, Olivia D’Abo, Josh Hamilton, and Eric Stoltz. Baumbach -- who went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for his Squid and the Whale script -- gets the full Criterion Collection treatment in this edition, with deleted scenes, conversations with the director and various cast members, his short film Conrad and Butler Take a Vacation (2000), and more.
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Anyone who has ever gone through four years of college, then wished it would last for at least four more, will find themselves nodding along with Noah Baumbach's highly perceptive Kicking and Screaming. The title gets at four friends' extreme reluctance to move into adulthood, but the film is a lot less zany than the title suggests -- and thankfully, there are very few of the obnoxious stereotypes viewers have come to expect from films dealing with college social life. Instead, it's more of an intellectual cataloguing of these characters' recent experiences, which inescapably dominate their thoughts, since they still live in the town where they just attended college, still mopily haunting the bar where they made so many of the memories from which they must now divorce themselves, just because they've collected that diploma. Perhaps due to the presence of the singular Christopher Eigeman, frequent denizen of the films of Whit Stillman, Kicking and Screaming feels a bit like an homage to that director's work, if a little less maturely scripted. Each character has funny issues to resolve, and there are good performances to that end by Eric Stoltz, Parker Posey, Carlos Jacott, and Jason Wiles. But the backbone of the film is the wistful romance, recalled in flashbacks that appear in reverse chronological order, between Josh Hamilton and Olivia D'Abo. That she chose to go to Prague, forsaking a relationship with Hamilton's Grover, is already known at the outset. This makes their innocent first meeting -- seen only toward the end, with D'Abo decked out preciously in post-adolescent braces -- all the more poignant.

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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by writer-director Noah Baumbach; New Dolby Digital 5.1 audio remix; New video interview with Baumbach; New video interview with Baumbach; New video conversations featuring Baumbach and cast members Chris Eigeman, Josh Hamilton, and Carlos Jacott; Rare deleted scenes; Conrad and Butler in "Conrad and Butler Take a Vacation," a short film from 2000, directed by Baumbach and starring Kicking and Screaming cast members Carlos Jacott and John Lehr; Brief 1995 interviews with Baumbach and the cast, orginally broadcast on IFC; Theatrical trailer; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Plus: a new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hamilton Grover
Olivia D'Abo Jane
Carlos Jacott Otis
Christopher Eigeman Max
Eric Stoltz Chet
Parker Posey Miami
Jason Wiles Skippy
Elliott Gould Grover's Dad
Jonathan Baumback Actor
Noah Baumbach Actor
Cara Buono Kate
Dean Cameron Zach
Peter Czernin Lester
David DeLuise Bouncer
Solier Fagundez Stunt Knight #2
Sam Gould Pete
Jason S. Kassin Freddy
Catherine Kellner Gail
John Lehr Louis
Chris Reed Friedrich
Perrey Reeves Amy
Marissa Ribisi Charlotte
Eliza Roberts Josselyn
Richard Tacchino Singing Freshman #2
Sal Viscuso Bar Teacher

Technical Credits
Noah Baumbach Director,Screenwriter
Michael J. Allowitz Asst. Director
Mark Amin Producer
Carol Baum Executive Producer
Steven Bernstein Cinematographer
Jason Blum Associate Producer
Joel Castleberg Producer
Mary Jane Fort Costumes/Costume Designer
Sandy Gallin Producer
J. Kathleen Gibson Editor
Phillip B. Goldfine Co-producer
Andrew Hersh Co-producer
Ellie Kanner Casting
Jeremy Kramer Associate Producer
Phil Marshall Score Composer
Dan Whifler Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kicking and Screaming
1. Graduation Night [11:28]
2. Three Months Later [2:20]
3. Cookie Man [6:04]
4. "Like Ray Carver Meets Fitzgerald" [2:42]
5. "Cougars. Cougars. Cougars!" [5:55]
6. The Hole [3:15]
7. "I Gotta Sleep With a Freshman" [3:38]
8. Fall Semester [1:33]
9. Max and Miami [2:27]
10. "I'm Not Attracted to So Many Spelling Mistakes" [2:13]
11. Book Club [4:06]
12. Midterms [5:47]
13. "Potato Is an Entrée?" [1:32]
14. Only One Month Until Christmas Vacation! [1:40]
15. "Find a Balance" [3:23]
16. "I'm Going to Write It Down" [8:28]
17. Finals [6:14]
18. "What if We Did Have a Love Affair?" [5:11]
19. 'How Do You Make God Laugh?" [6:18]
20. "I Wish We Were an Old Couple" [12:04]
21. Color Bars [:01]
1. Conrad Needs a Vacation [3:30]
2. Nana and Beebo's Place [11:26]
3. Drinking Games [9:50]
4. "Let's Knock the Wheels Off the Tram!" [5:13]


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