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Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating.


Jesse Dylan
7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Phil Weston
Robert Duvall ... Buck Weston
Mike Ditka ... Mike Ditka
Kate Walsh ... Barbara Weston
Musetta Vander ... Janice Weston
Dylan McLaughlin ... Sam Weston
Josh Hutcherson ... Bucky Weston
Steven Anthony Lawrence ... Mark Avery
Jeremy Bergman Jeremy Bergman ... Hunter
Elliott Cho ... Byong Sun (as Elliot Cho)
Erik Walker Erik Walker ... Ambrose
Dallas McKinney ... Connor
Francesco Liotti Francesco Liotti ... Gian Piero
Alessandro Ruggiero Alessandro Ruggiero ... Massimo
Sammy Fine ... Jack


Phil Weston is a goodhearted loser who suffered throughout his childhood due to his competitive overbearing sports coach father, and this has resulted in him inheriting that same attitude, which affects his relationship with his less-than athletic son. When he becomes coach of his son's soccer team, with a poor track record in terms of winning, he strives to beat a rival team, coached by none other than his father. Written by Tom Daly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All his life Phil Weston has dreamed of being on a winning team. Phil... your time has come. See more »


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Parents Guide:

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English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cris et coups de pieds See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,159,925, 15 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,580,895, 31 July 2005
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Will Ferrell stated this is his favorite of his films, for sentimental reasons, throughout the span of the shoot, his wife became pregnant with, and gave birth to, their first son. He said he filmed specifically imagining watching the movie with his child one day. See more »


When Phil is being introduced to Byung-Sun he receives a blue book and one of the moms is holding a yellow book. In the next shot he has both books. See more »


Phil Weston: Losers! Losers! Losers!
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.8 (2015) See more »


Written by Shaunna R. Bolton, Patrick Carey, Jasma Kelly, Leroy Butler, Kendal Stubbs
Performed by Baha Men
Courtesy of S-Curve Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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26 October 2006 | by jackdelamareSee all my reviews

I chose to watch this film on the TV because there was nothing on. I looked at the information and saw that the famous actor and one of my favourite actors, Will Ferrell was in this film.

I watched it and really got into it. Will Ferrell's humour was good for anyone who liked Anchorman and/or Elf.

He plays a good coach, but not a normal coach. He tries different plays with his team, even though they are not the best.

Will Ferrell gets back at his dad for being such a stuck-up person and then realises quite near the end of the film that he is acting like his dad was to him.

Will Ferrell is quick to act and explains that he was an idiot to the team and finally puts his son in. He has a new game plan, not just all about the Italians kids.

Overall this film is quite funny and good for the whole family. Very good acting from everyone.

Worth watching.

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