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Pretty Bird

3.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Based on a true story, this comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs set out to invent a rocket belt. The venturesome partnership soon takes an unhealthy toll as their mismatched personalities clash and some unexpected success lead to retaliations and kidnapping in this parable of American dreams and delusions.

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  • Actors: Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, David Hornsby, Kristen Wiig, Elizabeth Marvel
  • Directors: Paul Schneider
  • Writers: Paul Schneider, Zene Baker
  • Producers: D.J. Martin, Daniel Carey, Doug Bernheim, Elizabeth Giamatti, James Shifren
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003FH9IRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pretty Bird" on IMDb

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A Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize nominee, Pretty Bird is an eyebrow-raising adventure of the lengths to which ordinary Americans may go to pursue their extraordinary dreams. When three unusual inventors - a charming entrepreneur, a compassionate mattress store proprietor, and a rocket scientist with a bleak worldview - team up to create a rocket belt company, the put everything they have on the line in hope of finding success. Pretty Bird blends skewed comedy, genuine warmth, and the drive to see the results of one's labor made real into a thoroughly engaging human saga. Highly recommended. 98 minutes, widescreen, rated R for language and a scene of sexuality.
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It's storyline is surprisingly close to the actual events of the TRUE STORY of the RB2000 Rocketbelt. It shows how money, power, fame, fortune and greed can twist and turn people against one another and change a wonderful dream into a total nightmare. Add to that the mufti-talented Paul Giamatti and actor Billy Crudup and the (underused) comedic antics of SNL's Kristen Wigg make Pretty Bird a very unique film that should have made it to the silver screen of the major movie theaters.
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This is a very simple story about a venture capitalist, a scientific genius, and a slick talking marketer who secretly intends to steal all the profits from their rocket belt in a side deal. It's interesting how the two dupes just take it for granted they will be needed for every stage of the process until their "partner" behaves strangely. The response and outcome is amusing.
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By EXFAN on September 19, 2014
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I really enjoyed the acting although the story didn't really appeal to me. It's one of those movies you should watch and expect nothing but good performances by actors like Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup.
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PRETTY BIRD (prod. Paul Giamatti, 2008) Ah, first reviewer. That has only happened to me twice before over the course of 120 film critiques (and counting). Pity it had to be this film.

I missed this in its maiden year, though I can't be sure it was released in theaters. I have to make an educated guess and say it was theatrically released. It would have been declared the biggest box office rip-off of all time if anybody had seen it. I recall seeing on the news a man flying a jetpack over the Swiss Alps. It was real, and it was cool. That popped into my mind as I suffered this film.

This film set in the present day purports to be a story about the building and testing of a jetpack. It even begins with a written 'history', describing Bell Labs' perfection of a working prototype and the military's rejection of it. It then goes on to say that hasn't stopped inventors from working on jetpacks (which they keep calling a "belt").

PRETTY BIRD proclaims itself to be based on true events. It then goes on to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen. The Three Stooges got nothin' on this revolting trio of Paul Giamatti (I expected him to know better since he starred and produced), Billy Crudup, and a poor, attractive dope called David Hornsby (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, his only other film role).

Crudup plays Curtiss, the ever-irritating conman/entrepreneur who always seems to get people to do exactly what he wants. Now I knew better than to expect anything from Crudup except a slight migraine, but I couldn't miss a Paul Giamatti movie. I love him, no matter what the critics say.
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