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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.
At its most entertaining when the parrot does the talking.
An offbeat romance fueled by pets and pithy aphorisms.
Its lethargic plotting and quirky affectation are -- wait for it -- strictly for the birds.
Not a bad premise, but first-time director Margaret Whitton fails to temper the sappiness with real human crustiness.
Unfortunately, the film itself never quite feeds off the quirkiness or the energy, and so it remains a pleasant but not a profound film.
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.
Quirky screwball romance has many original points of interest, but is marred by fatal miscasting of a lead.
Margaret Whitton's A Bird of the Air traffics in a sort of vague, half-defined spiritual questing.
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.
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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