Kicking and Screaming
Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) is an average Joe who’s had to put up all his life with his overly competitive father, Buck (Robert Duvall). When Phil decides to coach his 10-year-old son’s soccer team, he goes head-to-head for the league championship against Buck, who coaches his own young son on the preeminent team of the league. Old scores come into play as Phil and Buck find themselves going to extreme measures to win the championship trophy.
This movie was similar to “Little Giants,” a 1994 film where a dad (Rick Moranis) started a football team with kids who weren’t good enough to play on his brother’s team who they eventually faced in the finals. Will Ferrell is his classic self and he combines with Mike Ditka (who makes his big screen debut) to produce some crazy scenes. This movie features many of the same characteristics as other classic kid sports movies such as The Mighty Ducks. However, Ferrell adds a unique humor to this genre.
I was kicking and screaming with disapproval when I heard two “go to hell” statements in an argument between Ferrell and Ditka. That five-second segment of the film excluded it from a Dove approval which we would have loved to give it. It is Dove’s policy to not award any film with the Dove Seal if it contains a curse such as “go to hell” or “damn you” because those statements are cursing a person to hell. A movie can have a “what the hell” or “damn” and still be approved because those statements are not curses but are obscenities. The producers were very close to creating a great family film with some well-known actors. We hope Hollywood continues to produce these types of family films without the cursing, though, which has absolutely no reason for being there.