Monday, August 16, 2010

Kicking and Screaming!!!

The 2005 Will Ferrell soccer film, 'Kicking and Screaming' did not get the recognition it deserved! This film is comical, heartwarming and Will Ferrell plays a somewhat relatable guy, which in most cases doesn't happen often. Will Ferrell plays Phil Weston a smart, calm, pushover who has problems standing up to his insensitive, aggressive father Buck (Robert Duvall). Phil used to play for his father's soccer team when he was a child and his own father made him a 'benchwarmer.' But, now that Phil is older, married and has a son Sam(Dylan McLaughlin) things are a little different. This time, poor Sam is the benchwarmer for his grandpa's team. When Buck trades his own grandson, Phil steps up and decides to help Sam have fun playing soccer instead of sitting the bench, by filling in as his soccer coach of his new team. But, things don't go exactly as planned.

I forgot how good this film is. Sure, it's a little goofy and not Academy worthy but its great entertainment, especially if you're a Will Ferrell fan. Ferrell plays a normal guy who has a lot of issues with his father. His character is so great in this movie because I think it's different than most of the characters he's portrayed. He seems so normal and average, which are not usual words to describe funny man Ferrell. I like seeing him in this unlikely role because it's relatable and not too over-the-top or over done. There are minor parts in the film, where he goes a little nuts, but those parts are hilarious and needed. Everyone cracks under pressure, it's just all in how you react to it and I think the way Ferrell is in this film, is hysterical. He is able to have a believable relationship with a beautiful wife(Kate Walsh) and portray a loving father for Sam. Robert Duvall was funny in this as well, quite dramatic but definitely an enjoyable role. Mike Ditka who plays Duvall's crazy neighbor and Ferrell's assistant coach is a great add to the cast as well.

I think the storyline is great. The writers were able to bring comedy into quite a heartwarming story, with an array of interesting characters.

I would recommend this film to Will Ferrell fans, people who enjoy soccer, and people who enjoy comedies with a little something extra.

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