Birds of America (2008)

Birds of America





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Director Craig Lucas teams with screenwriter Elyse Friedman for this sociologically-slanted comedy drama concerning three eccentric siblings who were forced to grow up in an environment with no actual grown ups. In a typical family, the pattern usually goes something like this: Parents have children, children grow up, children move out, and family comes together for visits on holidays and special occasions. Unfortunately for Morrie Tanager, any concept of normalcy was thrown out the window when … More

Rating: R (for language, some sexuality and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elyse Friedman
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On DVD: Oct 21, 2008
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as Betty Tanager

as Gillian

as Roller Girl
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Critic Reviews for Birds of America

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Not very convincing or funny.

February 5, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Ends up feeling more like the season finale of a fairly interesting, somewhat derivative HBO series than stand-alone screen fare.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Top Critic

A stunningly short (79 minutes) experience, but nevertheless a crushing one, exploring hackneyed suburban woe elements with a decidedly detached tone that alleviates any need to pay close attention.

Full Review… | July 24, 2010

It's not quite funny enough to appeal as a rom-com, nor quite darkly comedic enough to satisfy ...

Full Review… | January 31, 2008

Audience Reviews for Birds of America

Liked this a lot. Very understated and moves slowly, but effective portrayal of a dysfunctional family with an outstanding cast. Will not be to all tastes, but I enjoyed it.

Rewatched 23/2/15
I have downgraded this a star. I definitely enjoyed it less second time around, although it's not a bad movie.
Kind of off putting watching the brother walk around with his bloodied bandage all the movie. Surely he would have been given a clean one on leaving the hospital.
Also, much as I like Lauren graham, her character annoyed me this time. So sick of women like that in movies.
Ditto Hilary Swank,though the ending was mildly amusing.
I don't know. It was okay but won't watch a third time.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Cast: Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lauren Graham, ZoŽ Kravitz, Hilary Swank, Gary Wilmes, Daniel Eric Gold, Takako Haywood, Jennifer Gargano

Director: Craig Lucas

Summary: With his daffy neighbor (Hilary Swank) serving as his sole diversion from the daily grind, Morrie (Matthew Perry) feels stifled by his suburban existence. But circumstances change when he's forced to reconcile with his younger brother and sister (Ben Foster and Ginnifer Goodwin). They resented him as a surrogate father when they were growing up, but now their freewheeling ways could prove to be Morrie's salvation.

My Thoughts: "I really liked this movie. Thought it was funny, dark, and really interesting. Love indie movies. I think they are the best kind of movies. Love Ben Foster in this. Matthew Perry was great, and it was good to see him in more of a drama type film then comedies.. Loved Ginnifer Goodwins character. She was a free spirit. Hilary Swank was quite boring though.
It's basically about three siblings still grieving over their parents death and trying to accept each other and the way they live their lives.. I just think that some people can relate. I think its a movie worth seeing."


Super Reviewer


Poky and not terribly entertaining. Ben Foster is good given the confines of his role but this purported comedy is a downer.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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