A Bird of the Air (2011)



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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 previous owners and Fiona begins to unravel the mysteries of Lyman's past. But when Fiona joins Lyman on his nightly rounds, she witnesses a reality more intense than the romantic version she had envisioned. -- (C) Paladin
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Rachel Nichols
as Fiona James
Anjanette Comer
as Ella Weber
Buck Henry
as Duncan Weber
Linda Emond
as Margie
Carmela Rappazzo
as Professor Paquet
Carmela Rappazo
as Professor Paquet
Matte Osian
as Trucker
Judith Ivey
as Eleanor Reeves
Kaiulani Lee
as Mrs. Blair
Rocco Sisto
as Campus Security Guard
Carrie Fleming
as Reference Librarian
Erik Jensen
as Mustang Man
Jessamyn Blakeslee
as Dying Woman
Gary Farmer
as Charles Ballard
Louis Zorich
as Eli Stowalski
Juliet Lopez
as Dr. Reynosa
Kat Sawyer
as Billy Weber
Jocelyn Towne
as Sue Weber
Phyllis Somerville
as Ivy Campbell
Stephanie Jones
as Dr. Dougherty
Oscar and Meyer
as Mr. Roosevelt/Zane
as Mr. Roosevelt/Zane
as Floyd
Brandy Norwood
as Eleanor Reeves' Dog
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Critic Reviews for A Bird of the Air

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

At its most entertaining when the parrot does the talking.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

An offbeat romance fueled by pets and pithy aphorisms.

September 22, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Its lethargic plotting and quirky affectation are -- wait for it -- strictly for the birds.

Full Review… | September 20, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Not a bad premise, but first-time director Margaret Whitton fails to temper the sappiness with real human crustiness.

Full Review… | September 20, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the film itself never quite feeds off the quirkiness or the energy, and so it remains a pleasant but not a profound film.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for A Bird of the Air


This movie will delight any fan of romantic comedies. It is a little quirkier than most, but the relationship between these two characters is so sweet that it has to be seen at least once.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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