Little Birds

2012

Little Birds

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Fifteen-year-old Lily and her best friend, Alison, live on the shores of the Salton Sea. Sprinting toward adulthood, Lily wants to escape her depressing hometown. But Alison is content with her life; she enjoys being sheltered from the uncertainty of growing up. When the girls meet three street kids, Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys to Los Angeles. Thrust into a world of excitement and danger, the girls must decide how far they are willing to go to get what they want. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Juno Temple
as Lily Hobart
Kay Panabaker
as Alison Hoffman
Kate Bosworth
as Bonnie Muller
Kyle Gallner
as Jesse McNamara
Leslie Mann
as Margaret Hobart
Chris Coy
as David Riley
Carlos Peña
as Louis Estes
JR Bourne
as John Gretton
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  • Though the plotting is problematic and at times as lost as the kids, there are bursts of brilliance and moments of aching vulnerability in "Little Birds" that make you wonder what the filmmaker might do next.

    Sep 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in "Little Birds" show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters.

    Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Despair may be an emotion of emptiness, of the absence of hope, but that doesn't mean a movie about someone spiraling down into that emotion has to feel so empty as well.

    Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • There's a moralistic structure there, but it leaves Lily in a place that's scarcely more reassuring than the one she first abandoned. That's what makes Little Birds not just a lesson but, in its rambling way, an organic journey.

    Aug 29, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Like its teenage heroine, "Little Birds" is stubbornly convinced of its own unique profundity. So it's a good thing this moodily self-absorbed drama redeems itself with just enough endearing innocence.

    Aug 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    New York Daily News
    Top Critic
  • It is hard not to be reminded of other movies - like Larry Clark's "Kids," Nick Cassavetes's "Alpha Dog," Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" - that explore similar territory with greater risk and originality.

    Aug 29, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5

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