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Little Birds (2011)

Juno Temple , Kay Panabaker , Elgin James  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Kyle Gallner
  • Directors: Elgin James
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009L79YRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director’s Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes, Featurette

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THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW One of the Top 10 Independent Films of 2012. --2012 NBR Awards

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15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailers parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Lily feels eternally claustrophobic and rebellious, living with her manic, single mother (Leslie Mann), clinging to hope for something more exciting than visits with her young and already washed up Aunt (Kate Bosworth). When they meet a few visiting street kids, the girls' bond is finally tested and Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys back to Los Angeles. Not intimidated by the journey ahead, Lily is hopelessly drawn to one of the boys and the freedoms of their lifestyle. But in the big city, Lily and Alison quickly fall into the boys' world of scams and petty crime. Lily is determined to stay and make it work, while Alison is overwhelmed and eager to return home. When an idea is hatched to use Lily as bait for men with money to steal, things quickly escalate to a life-changing moment. Lily must decide how far she will go to grow up and Alison must decide how far she will go to protect Lily.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waste of life! January 19, 2013
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Salton Sea is a desolate place in Southern California not far from LA. People live there (wonder why and how) among rotten trailer parks and abandoned filthy pools. They have kids! Kids are bored, uneducated and have absolutely nothing to do.

Lily (Juno Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker) are two 15-year old friends that live in this desolate area. Lily lives with her mother (Leslie Mann) who is single (or divorced?). Alison's father is some kind of ridiculous slow, maybe alcoholic individual who is unable to take care of himself and doesn't really care about his daughter. Lily, visits with her young and already washed up Aunt (Kate Bosworth) who takes care of her husband (?) who obviously has problems (...apparently he was shot in the head and is unable to take care of himself, but we never get the story). Obviously, the father figure, like in most movies coming from Hollywood, is missing and when he is part of the plot, the father in most current films, plays minor roles in the life of adolescents. Maybe the problem of today's society starts right there? Fathers are always portrayed as weak and selfish individuals, who most of the time don't understand the "complicated" mind of adolescents.

One day Lily and Alison meet a band of young boys who came there from LA and just ...have nothing to do also. Lily falls for one of the boys and decides to follow him to LA. Alison goes with her. And in LA while there are plenty of things to do, still the boys and girls are bored and find nothing constructive to do. Until they decide to do something really stupid and the consequences are serious.

I am not sure what would be the message of this movie: the new generation lives in misery and boredom and the parents are at fault? I don't know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Juno is good May 23, 2013
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Coming of age in a way that depicts peer pressure to gain acceptance. Loyalty abounds as two confused teens seek what they think is a better way only to discover that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dark film about friendship and survival May 8, 2013
British actress Juno Temple's career got a great start with films like "Notes On A Scandal" and "Atonement" but more recently she's gone for rebellious, sexy teens headed for trouble. The results have been mixed ranging from the excellent "Killer Joe" to the wretched "Jack and Diane."

Here she plays Lily, a 15 year old living in the crumbling town surrounding the dead Salton Sea in California. Her best friend, Alison (Kay Panabaker) is more reserved but both are looking for a way out. While both actresses were in their early 20's when the film was shot, Lily is the more physically developed and uses her attributes on a trio of skateboarders from L. A. Alison, with her spindly frame looks more like a 15 year old but is still willing to make the drive to the city to hook up with the boys.

Much of the film sets up the stage for their getaway. Lily has a strained relationship with her mother (nice dramatic performance by Leslie Mann) and her aunt (Kate Bosworth). Alison lives at home with her surviving parent, a father (David Warshofsky) who is in a state of deep depression. When the girls get to the big city and reunite with the boys, Lily connects with Jesse (Kyle Gallner) but Alison is put off by all of them.

The boys are a bit older and have taken up quarters in an abandon motel in a crummy part of town. The other two (Chris Coy and Carlos Pena) have their sights set on mugging on-line perverts in which Lily is used for bait. As one might expect, this tactic isn't foolproof. Director and writer Elgin James moves the story along slowly, very slowly and it is easy to get invested in the girl's welfare. At the same time we know where it's all going. Ultimately the film is about friendship and survival. A nice twist in the 3rd act almost makes the journey worth it. A mild recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome coming of age story! July 9, 2014
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I really liked this movie. It is a great coming of age film that shows what is happening more and more. I honestly like most movie with Juno Temple in them she's a great actress!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Juno from Cracks July 8, 2014
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Juno Fan. Good collection piece. Looking next month for Sin City.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm obsessed with the Salton Sea, so..... April 5, 2014
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...of course I had to see this. I hadn't heard of it, but these days there are so many movies being produced that something has to stand out in order for me to take the time to see it. Maybe I liked it more because of my special interest in the Sea, but it kept me fascinated. It's like a nightmare 'Afterschool Special'! Who can blame teenagers being brought up in Bombay Beach for wanting to leave? Not me, (cause I left a similarly trashy & hopeless place as a teenager) but the way these two ended up was beyond unfortunate!
The acting was very good from everyone, as was the photography-even though the locations shot at the Sea were not all from Bombay Beach and no way did these girls walk all these places, but it was much more interesting to watch because of this.
The ending left some unanswered questions but I still recommend it IF you would ordinarily watch a movie like this or if you have an interest in the Salton Sea. It's much more interesting than the Val Kilmer movie from a decade ago and has more actual locations to look at.
If this movie piques your interest, I also recommend the documentaries 'Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea', & the more recent 'Bombay Beach'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by Teresa Valle
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Birds
I loved this movie and watched it several times. It was a realistic look at teenagers growing up in a small, boring town and getting into trouble. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ChelseaRN
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and sort of tragically heartwarming coming of age movie
Juno Temple delivers an amazing performance that complements the sort of exotic squalor of the settings. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. J. Welsh
3.0 out of 5 stars It had potential
Too predictable; I wanted more to it. I believe the trailer had all the best scenes in it leaving nothing much for the movie.
Published 9 months ago by Cheermomee
3.0 out of 5 stars I can smell the salton sea just by watching the movie
Juno Temple is great in the movie, I bought it because I do a lot of work around The Salton Sea and was curious about the scenes at the sea. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ray
2.0 out of 5 stars Average teenage overkill
This movie to me was a short hop down the troubled teen tale. Found it average or below average on it's subject matter, and to me was a rehashed version of better movies on this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by B Beckner
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
it was good and the movie was interesting. It was good to see all the different actors in a sort of grown up element. Definitely get it you will not regret it
Published 12 months ago by Lauren Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars How The Other Half Lives
The chemistry between these two young actresses and one of the mothers makes it a cut above your average "trailer park trash" road trip movies. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mr. contrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Alarming
Oh the good and bad of being young and wanting to be freed. But freedom comes with consequences. This movie surely does not hold back. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Holy Conscious
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