Kicking and Screaming

Kicking and Screaming

Movie: Kicking and Screaming
Director: Noah Baumbach
Produced by: Trimark
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MPAA Rating: R

Inspired by the advent of Seattle’s grunge music sound and popular films such as Slacker and Singles, 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 for a fellowship in Prague. Josh’s best friends are in a similar predicament. Skippy is a classic slacker couch potato still attending classes despite having graduated, while the philosophical Max and Otis, a mechanical engineer, both remain unemployed. Tenth-year student Chet, 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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