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An aging societal outcast and a motherless duck set out to find shelter and meaning in a future where people are separated by as many degrees as they are connected. The year is 2009, and the last public park in Los Angeles has been closed to the public. The city is a desert, and dispossessed widower Arthur Pratt (Philip Baker Hall) has outlived his usefulness. A retired history professor who spent all of his savings caring for his beloved late wife, Arthur sets out to the park where his son and dearly departed are buried to pay his final respects before ending his own life. Arthur's grim westward march hits an unexpected hitch, however, when an orphaned duckling that has recently cheated death adopts the homeless septuagenarian as a surrogate mother figure. Once again displaced when their park becomes a landfill and their pond is drained, the unlikely pair embarks on a Sisyphean journey to find shelter and meaning in a world where their lives seem to have little value.

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Critic Reviews for Duck

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  • We weren't particularly affected by Arthur's encounters with various strangers along the way. We think we know why: For the most part, we found ourselves watching a grown actor pretend to have a special connection. With a duck.

    Aug 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Nic Bettauer can't decide whether to play Duck for tears or laughs.

    Aug 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Much of the journey becomes redundant, and the film likely would have been more effective as a 20-minute short.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There isn't much to it, but this odd little road movie from writer-director Nic Bettauer does boast a sincere charm, and fine performances from its two leading actors.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are precedents for this kind of old-coot-and-adorable-pet cinema, but the director, a USC film grad, demonstrates little in the way of keenness or even sentimentality.

    May 10, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • The filmmaker is good with actors, and in Hall, she has a lead with such innate authority that you can't take your eyes off him, even when he's manhandling flapping waterfowl.

    May 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Duck

Dumb. Here's the thing, this was SUCH a good idea for a movie, and it was done SO wrong... the screenplay made no sense... he mentions WWII and Kilroy was here, then decides to name the Duck Joe... there were absolutely no transitions between scenes, the music was overly distracting, and all the extras were terrible actors that just kept pulling away from the ultimate point of the movie... which I guess there were several of... also a bad idea... Started out strong, and then committed suicide within the first five minutes... This movie could have been great 50 years ago, as a cartoon, or as a high school senior's film project where the budget was ... a duck... to whom I give one star.

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