Little Birds 2012 R CC

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(24) IMDb 6.2/10
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Two teenage girls leave their sleepy lakeside town and follow a group of boys to Los Angeles. One of the Top 10 Independent Films of 2012 as selected by The National Board Of Reviews

Starring:
Leslie Mann, Juno Temple
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Elgin James
Starring Leslie Mann, Juno Temple
Supporting actors Kate Bosworth, Neal McDonough, David Warshofsky, Leslie Mann, Bob Larkin, Kathleen Gati, Scotty Noyd Jr., Kyle Gallner, Carlos PenaVega, Chris Coy, Lauren Pennington, Lydia Blanco, Marc Rose, Jamie Patricof, Mindy Vela-Henderson, Katie Nehra, Joel McKinnon Miller, JR Bourne
Studio Millennium Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Very good movie, very up-to-date with today's problems.
Doris Hansen
Found it average or below average on it's subject matter, and to me was a rehashed version of better movies on this subject.
B Beckner
Oh the good and bad of being young and wanting to be freed.
Holy Conscious

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By zeus on 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By pragmatic_insanities on February 1, 2013
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It wasn't the worst movie I have ever seen. However, it was pretty bad. I was engrossed for the first half, that seems to be a strong coming of age movie about a troubled teen and her best friend, but then the writer decided to make another movie. The second half of the movie is bad melodrama. Many ends are not tied together, which is okay if it seems to be a choice, but no, it's just bad writing. The dialogue becomes forced and pretty stupid (you can tell that it is an adult writer trying to write what they think teenage male miscreants would sound like) Then there is the end *SPOILER* I wanted to call this my review "Hey, let's kill a guy and then play in the ocean," because that is how the movie ends. In the end I decided that might ruin the movie for some people. I was very disappointed because I had high hopes for this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By internet top guru on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 8, 2013
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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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...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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