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Kicking & Screaming

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Source: Catholic News Service

Mostly funny, if formulaic, comedy about a timid suburban soccer dad (Will Ferrell), who seeks to redeem his unathletic childhood by coaching his 10-year-old son's last-place team and finds himself in the championship game going head-to-head with his own supercompetitive father (Robert Duvall), who coaches the league's best squad. Directed by Jesse Dylan and dominated by Ferrell's manic presence, this farce inspired by "Bad News Bears" imparts a humorous critique of our hypercompetitive culture, but deserves a penalty flag for a crass running gag which makes it questionable fare for very young viewers. Some comic violence, a minor same-sex parent theme, as well as mildly crude language and humor, including some ethnically insensitive remarks. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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		<p>In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! </p>
		<p>She was born in Magenta (near Milano) as the 10th of Alberto and Maria’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Gianna earned degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia and opened a clinic in Mesero. Gianna also enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing.</p>
		<p>Shortly before her 1955 marriage to Pietro Molla, Gianna wrote to him: “Love is the most beautiful sentiment that the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.” She and Peter had three children, Pierlluigi, Maria Zita and Laura. </p>
		<p>Early in the pregnancy for her fourth child, doctors discovered that Gianna had both a child and a tumor in her uterus. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor but not to perform the complete hysterectomy that they recommended, which would have killed the child. Seven months later, Gianna Emanuela was born, The following week Gianna Beretta Molla died in Monza of complications from childbirth. She is buried in Mesero.</p>
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