Kicking and Screaming

Audio problem: In the scene where Phil starts to cry when he's kissing his wife, you can hear him say "I'm in way over my head" but his lips don't move at all. (00:34:20)

Continuity mistake: Phil sustains injuries to his face more than once in the movie. Every time the injuries disappear by the next scene. In one case the injury switches from the right side of his face to the left side between shots in the same scene.

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Factual error: Soccer officials are supposed to wear a color that is different than the teams he is officiating. The ref wears a blue shirt when officiating the tigers (who are blue) and then a black shirt when officiating the Gladiators (who are in black). The referee would have worn either his primary yellow for these or red, but never blue or black.

Continuity mistake: When Will Ferrell is Giving the team a finch each, it shows all the players getting a cage, but when the camera angle goes back to Will Ferrell, the box of cages is full again.


Continuity mistake: When Will's dad has thrown all his darts, he grabs the darts off the board and he and Will begin to chat. The dad throws one dart at the board again, but in the next shot there are two darts on it rather than one.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Phil and his wife are in the bedroom after Phil accidentally gets hit by Ditka, Phil's wife leads him to the bed and begins to rub his shoulders, then it cuts to the front of Phil and his wife's arms are down around his waist.

Continuity mistake: In the car at the beginning of the movie, when Phil is talking to his wife the tag on his shirt is sticking out. In the following shots the tag is tucked in.

Continuity mistake: Mike Ditka sets his coffee cup on the counter during the first butcher shop scene. When the camera angle changes, the cup is back in his hand without time for him to have picked it up again.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the mom puts sun screen during one of the games, every tine the switch angles the cream is different.

Other mistake: When Will Ferrell throws the javelin, it would not have gone far because it starts to tumble and the back end is falling to the ground after barely leaving his hand. When the javelin lands, it has traveled a long distance in a perfect trajectory.

Visible crew/equipment: When Phil is at the championship game you can see a camera filming the team but in the next shot there is no camera.


Continuity mistake: Introduction of the various Tiger players. Hunter holds the worm leaving its head free to squirm and wriggle in the wider angles, but the head is not sticking out in the close-up. (00:20:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the first scene with Mike Ditka, he is arguing with Phil's dad on the opposite ends of a wall. Ditka's arm is positioned on the wall in a way ever-changing between shots. (00:07:15)

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Question: In the scene where Will Ferrell is talking to his wife he says "They were running around like whirling derbishes, and I don't even know what that is" or something to that effect. What is a derbish and why does it whirl?

Answer: An actual dervish (not derbish) is a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion (hence the term "whirling dervish"), though in general 'a whirling dervish' is used for anyone who moves with an unfocused, almost frenzied energy.


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