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The human beings are almost as interesting as the title character in this surprisingly subtle and engaging film about the cross-country adventures of a smart-mouthed parrot. As director John Roberts deploys the footage, the bird becomes a vivid personality; every quizzical twist of his head is oddly expressive. The people who interact with Paulie are a quirky and interesting bunch as well, and the casting is topnotch: Tony Shalhoub (The Siege) as a Russian immigrant janitor, Cheech Marin as an open-hearted mariachi musician, and Gena Rowlands as a widowed painter in a footloose Winnebago--all are vividly eccentric individuals, memorable in their own right. There are some tired swipes at the cold-blooded meanies of Big Science (beady-eyed researcher Bruce Davison has Paulie clapped in irons), but for the most part the film respects the complexity of everyone's motivations, and that's virtually unheard of in today's Hollywood, even in films supposedly designed for grownups. --David Chute
Beginning work as a janitor in "the Institute," recent immigrant Misha Vilyenkov (Tony Shalhoub) discovers in the basement a caged parrot--who turns out to be able to talk... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Chrijeff
Great sweet flick when you're looking for something innocent without lip gloss and cynicism.Published 29 days ago by George Beinhorn
A disclaimer right here at the beginning: I am a parrot lover. I am a parrot owner.
I had this movie when it first became available on VHS tape. Read more
If you're a bird lover, this is the movie for you. Paulie, a smart mouth parrot with a heart of gold, takes us on an epic journey to find his one true love, Maria. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carrie J. Bylina