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In the Babe tradition of talking animatronic animals, this comedy adventure gets underway when animal-research-lab janitor Misha (Tony Shalhoub) expresses concern for a Blue-crown Conure parrot named Paulie (voice of Jay Mohr) caged in a dank basement. Misha settles back as Paulie tells his life story, seen in flashback: When Paulie was owned by little Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), the parrot helped the little girl get rid of her stutter. After Marie tried to teach Paulie how to fly, he wound
Apr 17, 1998 Wide
Aug 3, 1999
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Paulie has moments of minor charm but lacks the magic to fully capture the imaginations of either children or adults.
Shalhoub gives an impressively nuanced performance in the dangerously cliched role, and Paulie -- a combination of trained parrots, animatronics, and the voice of Mohr -- comes across as a fully developed character.
A perfect family movie with the intelligence, humor and hug-me moments to be a great first-date movie, too. Just remember to bring a hankie.
Paulie has elements of a good weepy, but overall it never quite gels beyond being a passable novelty.
The story is rooted in real feelings and relationships, and parents will find as much to enjoy as children.
My head still throbs from being hit repeatedly with blunt life lessons.
Family viewing that soars
Its star is a very appealing little guy. Parents will be mildly amused, too.
It features smart, emotional storytelling, skillful filmmaking and solid, yuk-worthy jokes.
Paulie isn't a complicated film, but it is heartfelt. And for a change, parents in the theater won't feel embarrassed by the things their children are laughing at.
Celebrates the deep ties of love and loyalty between human beings and animals.
There is a bland quality to the storytelling with little of the drama, comedy or sentiment really taking off.
A convenient, unprepossessing time-waster for Saturday afternoon kiddies.
Simply lacks the wit, panache, surprises and irresistible characters that delight kids of all ages.
Audience Reviews for Paulie
- Paulie: [when falling off his perch in the house] Ah! Look out!
- Paulie: [when he was first given to Marie by her grandpa as a baby bird] I don't know what this creature was, but I liked it.
- Lila Alweather: [during an argument between her and Warren about Marie's stuttering] Alright, we'll order her to stop stuttering.
- Warren Alweather: Birds don't talk and they don't teach, okay? They just repeat what we say. They don't understand.
- Marie: P-- P-- Paulie understands!
- Warren Alweather: [sarcastically] Pretty quiet, aren't you there, professor?
- Paulie: I was quiet. I'm sorry I was, but I was afraid of him.
- Warren Alweather: [shaking Marie's hand] That's a strong handshake.
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