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A Bird of the Air (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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A sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian upend the well-ordered life of a solitary man. Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, working the graveyard shift for the Courtesy Patrol. When a green parrot flies in to his trailer he becomes obsessed with finding its owner, which leads him to Fiona(Rachel Nichols). She has been eyeing Lyman from a distance and decides to help with his parrot search, whether he wants her to or not. Along with her basset hound, they set out on a quest to find the bird's

Apr 10, 2012

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Though you could fit its story on the head of a pin, "A Bird of the Air" is a gently involving character dramedy with a pair of appealing leads who help give this offbeat movie flight.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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At its most entertaining when the parrot does the talking.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An offbeat romance fueled by pets and pithy aphorisms.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Its lethargic plotting and quirky affectation are -- wait for it -- strictly for the birds.

September 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Not a bad premise, but first-time director Margaret Whitton fails to temper the sappiness with real human crustiness.

September 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Unfortunately, the film itself never quite feeds off the quirkiness or the energy, and so it remains a pleasant but not a profound film.

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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A lovely little modern screwball comedy that only hard-hearted cynics will resist. An unexpected bonus comes with the delightful stream of old pro's as...master storytellers.

October 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Quirky screwball romance has many original points of interest, but is marred by fatal miscasting of a lead.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Margaret Whitton's A Bird of the Air traffics in a sort of vague, half-defined spiritual questing.

September 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Story of a beautiful and talkative parrot who proves to be a miracle worker bringing two lonely souls together for a quest that changes them both.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for A Bird of the Air

In "A Bird of the Air," Lyman(Jackson Hurst, of "Drop Dead Diva") is a loner who works nights for the New Mexico highway department. Otherwise, he spends his free time taking classes at the local community college and eats at a nearby diner. That holds true until an exotic parrot drops into his lap at the trailer where he lives. While researching the true owner of the parrot and the meaning behind his enigmatic sayings, Lyman runs into Fiona(Rachel Nichols, of "The Inside," "Alias," and "Continuum" but not the Rachel Nichols who works for ESPN), an itinerant librarian.

"A Bird of the Air" is a engaging and amusing romantic comedy that refreshingly relies on a cute dog for its charm this time around, instead of the usual cute baby. Beneath the surface, the movie is about the quest for knowledge and how that can improve one's life, with the mythical west as a background. That's not to mention Rachel Nichols' winning goofy performance in a definite change of pace for her.
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