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Kicking and Screaming [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1995]

Release Date:08/22/2006
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Inspired by the advent of Seattle's grunge music sound and popular films such as Slacker (1991) and Singles (1992), 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 (Olivia d'Abo) for a fellowship in Prague. Josh's best friends are in a similar predicament. Skippy (Jason Wiles) is a classic slacker couch potato still attending classes despite having graduated, while the philosophical Max (Chris Eigeman) and Otis (Carlos Jacott), a mechanical engineer, both remain unemployed. Tenth-year student Chet (Eric Stoltz), 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.~Karl Williams


New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by writer-director Noah Baumbach

New Dolby Digital 5.1 audio remix

New video interview with Baumbach

New video conversations featuring Baumbach and cast members Chris Eigeman, Josh Hamilton, and Carlos Jacott

Rare deleted scenes

Conrad and Butler in "Conrad and Butler Take a Vacation," a short film from 2000, directed by Baumbach and starring Kicking and Screaming cast members Carlos Jacott and John Lehr

Brief 1995 interviews with Baumbach and the cast, orginally broadcast on IFC

Theatrical trailer

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Plus: a new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum