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Pretty Bird (2008)

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A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their mismatched personalities soon dissolves the business into a morass of recriminations and... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Schneider

Writers:

Zene Baker (story), Paul Schneider
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Curtis Prentiss
Paul Giamatti ... Rick Honeycutt
David Hornsby ... Kenny Owenby
Kristen Wiig ... Mandy Riddle
Elizabeth Marvel ... Tonya Honeycutt
Denis O'Hare ... Chuck Stutters
Garret Dillahunt ... Carson Thrash
James Wetzel ... Dennis
Brent King ... Berger
Anna Camp ... Becca French
Nate Mooney ... Randy Pendler
Adam LeFevre ... Phil the Neighbor
Aasif Mandvi ... Ted the Banker
Dierdre Friel ... Erica the Waitress
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Credit Card Clerk
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A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their mismatched personalities soon dissolves the business into a morass of recriminations and retaliations, kidnapping, and murder in this parable of American dreams and delusions. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parande-ye Ziba See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA

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Color:

Color
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Curtis Prentiss: Blueprints this, blueprints that. That's all I'm hearing lately.
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Unsatisfying indie film
29 January 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Though picked up for distribution by a major Hollywood studio, "Pretty Bird" didn't seem to have received much (if any) exposure in theaters, and it doesn't take long into watching it to figure out why. To be sure, the cast is talented and appealing, and there is nothing really wrong with the premise of the movie. But it is the actual execution that sinks things. The characters more often than not are somewhat thin; their motivations and other personality touches are murky. The tone is inconsistent; the movie can't decide whether it's a quirky comedy with dramatic touches, or a drama with comic touches. The plot elements are somewhat confusing at times; it seems that linking material that would have made things a lot clearer either wasn't filmed or was edited out. Also, the ending seems somewhat abrupt, as if director Paul Schneider was running out of money towards the end of shooting. In the end, while the movie is not aggressively bad, it is all the same very unsatisfying. But it may be of interest to independent filmmakers; if this movie could play at the Sundance film festival and somehow get nominated for a grand jury prize, there is hope for other independent filmmakers no matter how disappointing their movies may be.


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