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Kicking & Screaming
Directed by Jesse Dylan
Produced by Jimmy Miller
Judd Apatow
Written by Leo Benvenuti
Steve Rudnick
Starring Will Ferrell
Robert Duvall
Mike Ditka
Kate Walsh
Dylan McLaughlin
Josh Hutcherson
Francesco Liotti
Alessandro Ruggiero
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern II
Editing by Stuart H. Pappé
Peter Teschner studio = Moasic Media Group
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) May 13, 2005
Running time 95 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 comedy film, directed by Jesse Dylan starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. It focuses on the exploits of a boys' soccer team and their new coach.



Phil Weston (Will Ferrell), is an average person who has had to endure his father Buck Weston's (Robert Duvall) over-competitiveness throughout his childhood, an upbringing which has left permanent mental scars. Now middle-aged, married, with a young son named Sam, Phil runs a small vitamin store, whilst Buck operates a local chain of sports stores.

Buck is coach of the Gladiators the most successful little-league soccer team in the district. Sam is on the squad, but to his dad's annoyance his grandfather keeps him as a benchwarmer rather than playing him, a humiliation he also visited upon his son decades prior. Buck eventually transfers Sam to the Tigers, the league's worst team.

At Sam's first game with his new team their coach is absent. Rather than forfeit, Phil decides to coach the team, a position he takes up permanently. However, despite Phil's best efforts the team continues to lose repeatedly. In desperation Phil recruits Mike Ditka (played by himself), who is Buck's neighbor. Enticed by the opportunity to beat Buck, Ditka accepts the position. Despite grueling training, the team continues to lose.

Ditka introduces Phil to two exceptionally talented Italian boys working in a local butcher's shop. Phil succeeds in gaining their Uncle's permission for them to play for the Tigers. They have an immediate impact, scoring repeatedly. The resulting winning streak makes them serious contenders in the league. After finally winning a couple of games and Phil said that his team was going to go to the finals, Phil and Buck make a bet, if the Gladiators win then Phil would sell his store and work for Buck. If the tigers win then Buck would hand over his most prized possession, 'The Pele ball', a baby ball struck by the famous player which Phil caught as a child and his father took from him.

Meanwhile, Ditka also introduces Phil to coffee, which rapidly changes him from a mild-mannered caring dad, to a crazed, over-competitive coach, not that different from his father, abusing kids and parents alike. The team's mantra becomes "Get the ball to the Italians", which, though effective, demoralizes his team. In the ultimate over-competitive act he benches his own son for the whole of the semi-final game. Then, Phil's wife and Sam left him when Phil was unwilling to cooperate with her and play Sam in a game.

The Tigers make it to the final where they face the Gladiators. At half-time the score is two-one to the Gladiators. In a heart-to-heart discussion with his son, Phil realizes the error of his ways. He tells his team to do exactly the opposite of what he taught them. Although the weaklings score one more goal after half-time, they don't give up hope. Phil gives the goalie a vision test with glasses from the game watchers. From there, Ambrose scores one goal—making the score three-two. After another goal, the score is tied. The team rallys and produces a spectacular team performance to win 4-3, with Sam scoring the winning goal against his uncle Bucky (played by a young Josh Hutcherson), (Buck's child who was born on the exact day as Sam) using a move that he practiced when his dad benched him in the semi-finals.

Honoring the bet, Buck tries to give Phil the ball, but Phil refuses. Making peace with his father, they merge their businesses, realizing there is more to life than winning.


Critical reception

Reviews of the film are mixed; the review summary site Rotten Tomatoes gives an overall rating of 41 percent.[1] Most reviews give credit to Will Ferrell's performance, but criticize the screenplay as unoriginal.[2][3]

Box office

The film was produced on a budget of $45 million[1] and managed to turn a profit domestically, earning $52,842,724[2]. Although the movie did not make nearly as much overseas, earning just $3,227,709[3] from the world wide box office for a total gross revenue of $56,070,433[4]. This made the movie a mild box office success.

Awards and nominations

2005 Golden Raspberry Awards

One nomination:

  • Actor (Will Ferrell)


  1. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ View London review
  3. ^ Shadows on the Wall

External links


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From Wikiquote

Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 film starring Will Ferrell about Phil Weston, an average man who has had to endure his father Buck's over-competitiveness throughout his childhood. Phil decides to coach his son's recreational soccer team, and soon finds that he's inherited his father's desire to win. description...).

Directed by Jesse Dylan. Written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick.
All his life Phil Weston has dreamed of being on a winning team. Phil... your time has come.

Phil Weston: I was born a baby, a blank slate. I thought I was in control of my own destiny, and then I met my dad.

Phil Weston: You're my assistant. You're supposed to back me up and go get me juiceboxes whenever I want. Now go get me a juicebox!


Phil Weston: I'm talkin' to the juicebox guy!

Mike Ditka: You're crazy!

Phil Weston: I'm not crazy, I'm just thirsty!

Mike Ditka: OH, YOU GO TO HELL!

Phil Weston: No, you go to hell, and while you're there, why don't you grab me a juicebox!


Phil Weston: Yes, you are!

Mike Ditka: No, I'm not!

Phil Weston: Yes, you are!

Mike Ditka: No, I'm not! You're just like your old man!


Mike Ditka: If it were'nt for these kids, I'd whip your butt!

Phil Weston: I CAN TAKE A PUNCH!

Phil Weston: What is that haunting aroma?

Mike Ditka: Way to go, Bing Bong!

Ann Hogan: Hi, Mr.Ditka. I was wondering - my son Byong-Sun is a little shy, so could I get an autograph? Mike Ditka: Yeah, sure, how do you spell it? Ann Hogan: B-Y-... Mike Ditka: I think I got it. [gives paper] Donna Jones: [walking away looking at autograph] Bing-bong?

Mike Ditka: [team is doing push-ups] If you guys were the Bears, I'd fine you $10,000 apiece.

Phil Weston: I am angry. I'm like a large tornado of anger, swirling about.

Buck Weston: I take a vitamin everyday. It's called a steak.

Phil Weston: Hey, I almost had you! Buck Weston: What do you call that again, when you almost win? Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah... Losing!

Phil Weston: Ambrose Ambrose: Yeah? Phil Weston: I saw a bunch of nonsense out there. What was going through your head out there last week? Ambrose: I was breaking my back for you coach because of my love for the game. Phil Weston: LIAR!

Phil Weston: [Phil to Mark] How many sarcastic pills did you take this morning?

Phil Weston: Well, if it isn't Porkface Jones. I can eat a box of cookies tonight. Can you do that? No. Because you're nothin' but a fart-faced kid. [kid starts attacking him] Phil Weston: [shouts] Get him off me! [someone pulls kid off] Phil Weston: That's like the little jackal from hell!

Buck Weston: We've got balls! Phil Weston: And vitamins! Buck Weston: But mostly balls! Phil Weston: [with all the kids from the Tigers and Gladiators teams] [shout] Phil Weston: And vitamins!

Phil Weston: They're like 4-foot whirling dervishes. I don't even know what a whirling dervish is but that's what they're like.

Ann Hogan: You ease up on him. Phil Weston: You just ease up there on your corduroy jacket.

Byong Sun: Whoo! Electric in the air!

Jim Davidson 'The Captain': [after the Tigers have arrived to the soccer field from the butcher shop and are covered in blood] You know, actually one of my kids forgot his socks so we forfeit; yeah, we forfeit! Jim Davidson 'The Captain': [turns and starts sprinting to their cars] Run to the car kids! don't look back! Run!

Phil Weston: [Phil is being kicked out of Beantown] What's happening Derek, I thought we were friends. Beantown Employee: My name is Andy! Phil Weston: No, your name is Liar, 'cause you tell lies.

Phil Weston: Hey, you didn't have to take up two spaces! Obnoxious Hummer Lady: Actually, I did. Look at the size of this bad boy, huh? [indicating Phil's smaller sedan] Obnoxious Hummer Lady: This is cute, though! You're saving the environment for all of us. Go hemp! Ha ha!

Referee: Where do I know you from? Phil Weston: I've been your neighbor for the last seven years! Referee: No, that ain't it. Phil Weston: That's definitely it! Referee: I'll figure it out.

Ann Hogan: Byong-Sun is very shy - this book really helped us to deal with it, so you're probably gonna want to give it a glance. Phil Weston: [reading title] My Child is Shy. Thanks. [pause] Phil Weston: I'm sorry, who's your son? Donna Jones: Byong-Sun. Phil Weston: Oh, I see. [pause] Phil Weston: Actually, I don't see, I'm sorry. [realizing they are lesbians] Phil Weston: Oh wait, now I see! Wow!

Ann Hogan: We're at all the games, unlike a lot of the other parents. Phil Weston: No no, not like the other parents at all! You're better than the other parents. Ambrose's Dad: Oh, so they're better? Phil Weston: No, they're different. Donna Jones: What do you mean "different"? Phil Weston: I mean, you're different because you're better. Ambrose's Dad: How are they better? Phil Weston: You're both better different... in a different but better way! Ann Hogan: Uh, okay. [she walks off with Donna] Ambrose's Dad: It's a little early to start playing favorites, Phil.

Byong Sun: [introducing himself] I'm Byong-Sun. Phil Weston: Hi, Byong-Sun. Byong Sun: I am a very kind person. Phil Weston: Oh, that's sweet! Anything that relates to soccer? Byong Sun: No sir. Phil Weston: Well, maybe you and Ambrose can team up - he's big and you might form one megaperson. [Ambrose gives him a dirty look] Phil Weston: Okay, forget I just said that.

Mark Avery: Hi, I'm Mark Avery - you know, I like to keep my pimp hands strong [waving hands, gesturing] Mark Avery: You dig, Cracker? Ya feel me? Phil Weston: What does that mean? Mark Avery: I don't know, I heard it on a rap video once. But I'm really funny. I've got like a million jokes. Phil Weston: Great, I'd love to hear one. Shoot. Mark Avery: Remember the time when you caught and you fell over? Phil Weston: Right, yeah... Mark Avery: [all the kids laugh] Ha ha! I got ya good! I burned ya! I got ya, bad! Phil Weston: How did I get burned? Okay, apparently I don't get it.

Phil Weston: [to Barbara] My dad, he's a coach. He knows the game, he's confident, he's smart, witty, dynamic, vicious, brutal, vindictive, a monster! And he will win by intimidation and forceful tactics if need be. I'm not like that. I don't know anyone like that. Do you? [quick cut to Ditka house] Mike Ditka: So Paul, what's on your mind? Phil Weston: Actually, it's Phil. Mike Ditka: It's not Paul? Phil Weston: No. Mike Ditka: What's the difference? Spit it out. [lights a cigar] Diana Ditka: Mike? Mike Ditka: Here, hold this. [gives cigar to Phil] Diana Ditka: Oh no! We do not allow smoking in the house! Phil Weston: I'm sorry, Mrs. Ditka. Diana Ditka: You should be. Mike Ditka: [Phil hands back cigar] I'll get rid of it, honey!

Donna Jones: [second lesbian extends her hand to Phil's, shaking it with a joltingly strong grip] Donna Jones. You can call me 'Chief.'

Phil Weston: Looks who's here! I'll give you a hint - Hall of Fame, Chicago Bears... Mark Avery: Sammy Sosa? Mike Ditka: C'mon! Phil Weston: Football... coached the 1986... Mike Ditka: '85. Phil Weston: Right, '85 Bears to Superbowl victory... it's Mike Ditka! Mark Avery: Do you know Sammy Sosa? Mike Ditka: Hey, zip it, kid!

Sam Weston: Dad, you're getting a little creepy. Phil Weston: I know, let's all bay at the moon. Sam Weston: What? Phil Weston: You know, howl at the moon... like this. Owwwwooooo... owooo... ow, ow, ow, ow, owwwoooo! Neighbor: Shut up out there! Phil Weston: You shut up in THERE! [continues howling, and all the kids join in; momentarily, a pack of snarling dogs charge into the yard]

Buck Weston: You know how hard it's been for me ever since your mom died. Phil Weston: She didn't die! She divorced you! Buck Weston: Ehh... tomatoes, tomahtoes.

Massimo: [after Sam keeps falling over] Mama Mia! You're a real DUFFER, you know?

The Tigers: [winning team, shouting] Two, four, six, eight! Who do we appreciate? Mike Ditka: Shut up, ya little rats! Phil Weston: They're just showing their appreciation. Mike Ditka: I don't care about appreciation, I just want to win a soccer game. [throws down his clipboard and walks off] The Tigers: [parent picks it up] Can I have this? Phil Weston: Sure. The Tigers: Alllllright!

Mike Ditka: [to the Tigers team] This is gonna be the hardest thing you've ever done in your whole lives. But when it's over... Phil Weston: Don't get emotional... Mike Ditka: When it's over... Phil Weston: [echoing him] When it's over... Mike Ditka: You guys are gonna be champions! Phil Weston: Champions! Mike Ditka: Now let's get out there and kick some butt! Phil Weston: On three, 'let's have fun' The Tigers: [all chant] One, two, three, Let's Have Fun! Mike Ditka: [to Phil, mocking] 'Let's have fun,' what's THAT?

Buck Weston: Oh, this oughtta be good. If we live long enough, we'll see Iron Mike and Aluminum Phil coaching the Tigers. Mike Ditka: I couldn't really hear ya, Weston. My Superbowl ring was making too much noise. [crowd hisses]

Phil Weston: [after Sam gets conked on the head with soccer ball] C'mon, Sam! Get the circulation back in your skull!

Phil Weston: [crying to Ditka] I don't like coffee! It's a vasoconstrictor!

Buck Weston: [to Phil] Be warned, muchacho! You're in the show, now!

Barbara Weston: [trying to comfort an anguished Phil] Phil, I love you... Phil Weston: [crying] What does THAT have to do with ANYTHING?

Phil Weston: [to Barbara] Mike Ditka scares me! Have you ever looked into his eyes? Or at his hair?

Phil Weston: Hi, I'm Phil Weston and this is my son, Sam. I'm new to coffee... I was wondering if you could mix half of the regular version with half of the decaffinated version? Beantown Employees: [to coworker, annoyed] Half-Caff... Beantown Customers: Right, Half-Caff. Phil Weston: A Half-Caff! [to Sam] Phil Weston: We're gonna have a Half-Caff. Sam Weston: [to customer] We're gonna have a Half-Caff. Beantown Customers: [annoyed] Yay. Beantown Employees: Half-Caff. Phil Weston: Thanks. [takes a sip, it's way too hot and he drops the coffee] Phil Weston: Yowww! Mother of Pearl! Beantown Employees: [more pissed now] You shoulda waited for the jacket. Phil Weston: Right... I just got too eager. Uh... Beantown Employees: [to coworker] 'nother Half-Caff! Beantown Customers: [more pissed] Right, 'nother Half-Caff!

Phil Weston: Are you a robot-woman? Are you a robot? Barbara Weston: I am not a robot!

Mike Ditka: Did you just kick your son? Phil Weston: Yeah.

Umberto: [making the two boys recite] Prima la carne, prima la carne. Gian Piero: Prima la carne. Massimo: Prima la carne. Phil Weston: What? Umberto: Meat first, THEN soccer! Phil Weston: Right, meat comes first!

Mike Ditka: New game plan - pass the ball to the EYEtalians!

Phil Weston: [to Gian Piero and Massimo] Take the field. Taka the fielda.

Phil Weston: This is Gian Piero and Massimo. They're apprentice butchers. Mark Avery: Could the blacksmiths and candlestick makers not make it? Mike Ditka: Shut up!

Ann Hogan: Coach Ditka? Hi. Our son, Byong Sun, he's very shy, and we were wondering [hands him a pad to autograph] Mike Ditka: Sure, 'be happy to. Ann Hogan: Thank you so much. It's Byong Sun [spelling] Ann Hogan: B-Y... Mike Ditka: [autographing] I think I got it. [hands it back to them] Mike Ditka: Bye bye. Mike Ditka: [to Phil, awkwardly] Just... a wonderful couple. Ann Hogan: [looking at the autograph] What... Donna Jones: "Bing Bong"?

[Referee's hairpiece falls off; Byong Sun picks it up and puts it on] Byong Sun: Look at me! I'm the Ref! I'm the Ref! Referee: [chasing him] You little... give it back! Phil Weston: [grabs it off Byong Sun and gives back] Sorry about that. Bald Soccer Dad: How much do you think one of those things costs? Phil Weston: I have no idea.

Mike Ditka: I eat quitters and spit out their bones!

[Phil, Barbara, and Sam arrive at Buck and Janice's home after the game] Janice Weston: Hi, you guys! Barbara Weston: Hi! [hugs Janice] Barbara Weston: Hi, Buck. [she kisses him] Buck Weston: Hey it's my two favorite people and Phil! Phil Weston: Very funny, Dad. I've never heard that one before.

Phil Weston: [Byong Sun uses a drinking cup to make popping noises] 'Scuse me... just... don't do that with the cup, okay? [Byong Sun momentarily stops, embarrassed]

Phil Weston: [passing out DVDs] These are instructional DVDs. Study them. Watch them. I only watched it once and already I learned this - it's called "Up and Over". [he shows them this new kick, nearly wrecking the fireplace] Phil Weston: [hears Barbara coming and passes the ball to Mark Avery] Here, hold this. Barbara Weston: Guys, I told you, no playing soccer in the house. Phil Weston: You did, you said it a lot. Barbara Weston: Who did that? Phil Weston: [pointing to Mark] He did. The Tigers: HE DID! Phil Weston: What? Nut'uh! [the kids all descend upon him]

Connor: Coach, did you order the pizzas yet? Phil Weston: All in good time, Connor. But in the event the pizzas don't arrive, I have already made the decision... that we will eat Byong Sun. [Byong Sun backs away from the campfire, freaked out] Phil Weston: Okay, we're not gonna eat him. But he does look pretty appetizing, you have to admit.

Sam Weston: You gotta lighten up. Phil Weston: He started it!

Phil Weston: Every time you say something back to me, it makes me love you more! Buck Weston: Heh.

Sam Weston: How do you say pizza in Italian? Gian Piero: Pizza! Sam Weston: How do you say "spaghetti"? Gian Piero: Spaghetti! Ambrose: Italian's easy.

Phil Weston: [on park pay phone with Umberto] I'm really getting sick and tired of this 'Meat Comes First' thing! Party Guests: [singing] Happy Birthday to you! Happy... Phil Weston: Quiet please! Shut up! I'm on the phone and you're not the only ones in the park!

Phil Weston: So when i took over for coach Benson... Clark: [interrupting] I hear he's a woman now! Party Guests: [laughter] Buck Weston: Oooh. Phil Weston: Actually uh, truth be told, *no one* knows where he is right now. A lot of people are... concerned. Party Guests: [laughter] Phil Weston: I don't know *why* that's funny. Party Guests: [applause]

Mark Avery: Hey Buck, remember when we beat you at the championship game? Buck Weston: Oh yeah, well remember the time when I shoved that kid into the pool? [kicks Mark into the swimming pool]

Phil Weston: Ok, you caught me. The finches were a bad idea. And I wasn't gonna say anything, but I think some of them may have salmonella. A fair amount, in fact. I may have inadvertently poisoned your children.

Phil Weston: Pizza at my house!

Mike Ditka: Every good thing starts with a Brat!

Phil Weston: [javelin drops just next to Barbara] Sorry. It's really windy! Barbara Weston: [catching her breath] No it's not. Phil Weston: It is over there.

Mike Ditka: (after watching the Buck and Phil Weston commercial) These guys couldn't even win a Salad Bowl, let alone a Super Bowl!

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