Kicking and Screaming

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For the 2005 comedy film, see Kicking & Screaming.

Kicking and Screaming is a 1995 film about a group of college graduates who refuse to move on with their lives, each in his own peculiar way.

Directed by Noah Baumbach. Written by Noah Baumbach and Oliver Berkman.


  • What I used to able to pass off as a bad summer could now potentially turn into a bad life.
  • I found myself writing 'wake up' and 'go to bed' in my day planner as if they are two different events.


  • [to Otis] I begged you not to get off Prozac.


Jane: Overrated? You've never even been to Prague.
Grover: Oh, I've been to Prague. [Jane stares at him] Well, I haven't "been to Prague" been to Prague, but I know that thing, that, "Stop shaving your armpits, read The Unbearable Lightness of Being, date a sculptor, now I know how bad American coffee is thing..."
Jane: Beer. They have good beer there.
Grover: "... how bad American beer is thing. [pause] "How bad American beer is thing."
Jane: Yeah, I heard you the first time.

Kate: I'm going to be 17 tomorrow.
Max: Wow, now you can read Seventeen Magazine and get all the references.

Max: I'm too nostalgic. I'll admit it.
Skippy: We graduated four months ago. What can you possibly be nostalgic for?
Max: I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time.

Grover: OK, the way I see it, if we were an old couple, dated for years, graduated, away from all these scholastic complications, and I reached over and kissed you, you wouldn't say a word, you'd be delighted, probably, but if I was to do that now it'd be quite forward, and if I did it the first time we ever met you probably would hit me.
Jane: What do you mean?
Grover: I just wish we were an old couple so I could do that.

Jane: Sometimes you can be such a child.
Grover: Yeah, but if I was a child you'd find that endearing.


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