90’s Nostalgia: Kicking and Screaming

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Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming” is a fine example of the trials and inability to grow up. The film revolves around college graduates who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives after college. The prospects that they once thought was for them is now gone in the face of reality.

“Kicking and Screaming” stars Josh Hamilton as Grover, a college graduate whose girlfriend leaves him to go overseas to work. Grover finds himself as well as his friends trying to figure what to do with their lives now that their college days are over. He meets various girls while ignoring his girlfriend’s messages left on his answering machine. His friends also avoid responsibilities by spending their time drinking and wasting days doing nothing.

I really enjoyed this film’s portrayal of the fear of adulthood that the characters have. They each had several goals or aspirations for their lives after college but have chosen not to pursue them due to various reasons like fear of the unknown, changing and finding happiness independent of those that you are close to. Each character shuns a direct approach to life in favor of staying the same.

The ensemble cast of Parker Posey, Eric Stoltz, and Josh Hamilton due a tremendous job of showing that fear of moving out of your comfort zone and into the challenges of being an adult.

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