Kicking and Screaming

Synopsis: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to escape their university's pull. Nobody wants to make any big decisions that would radically alter his life, yet none of them wants to end up like Chet, the professional student who tends bar and is in his tenth year of university studies.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Noah Baumbach
Production: Trimark
  1 nomination.
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96 min

- What an interesting name. I'm Chet.

- Chet.

- Hello.

- So what do you do?

I'm a, uh, philosophy/German major.

- Philosophy/German?

- Mm-hmm.

I don't get it.

- You're -You're not still a student, are you?

- Oh, yeah. Well, technically.

At least until I complete my thesis.

Which is becoming more and more

overwhelming each year.

This third tome

has become quite a battle.

Which is odd because the second book

came quite effortlessly.

How many years have you been here?

Oh, God. It'll be...

10 come January.

But I skipped a semester my sophomore year.


- Nice party.

- Yes, it is.

About as good

as the one three years ago...

and much better

than last year and the year before.

Although, in my opinion, this doesn't

hold a candle to the one six years ago.

There was a horse at that one.

I didn't go to the one five years ago.

I don't know why. I think I just...

didn't feel like a party, but -

But -


My parents fly in from Chicago,

rent out these swank digs, booze old Otis up...

but apparently

it's still not up to his standards.

- I just - I felt a little antsy. I couldn't eat.

- You have two emotions: antsy and testy.

And now I'm antsy.

What? Come on. I'm a little guy.

- What are you talking about? You're enormous.

- No. But you know what I mean. I'm little.

- You're like a monster. You're huge.

- Yeah, but inside I'm little.

I don't know. Small maybe. I'm small.

As a little guy, I can't do all the things

that all the bigger guys do.


- You're out of your mind is what you are.

- Where's Grover?

The first thing I'm gonna do

is read all the great short novels.

- You wanna get married?

- Yes. Yes, I do.

You okay?

'Cause you fell. I wondered -

Can you name me eight movies

where monkeys play a key role?

- Ding! Uh, Going Ape. Mighty Joe Young.

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Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach is an American independent filmmaker. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Squid and the Whale and is known for making dramatic comedies. more…

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