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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single parrot.
Paulie is a parrot who can speak, not mimic, but actually converse. The problem is that though he's learned to talk, he doesn't always know when to shut up, and he comes to find out that there are times when talking can only get you into trouble.
Paulie's first owner - and first love - is a little girl named Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) who raises him from a baby. Helping Marie overcome a painful stutter gives Paulie the gift of gab, but doesn't prevent her parents from sending him away when they feel she is becoming too attached to him. Undeterred, the loyal little parrot begins a tenacious cross-country search to find his young owner.
Special Agent Matti
A better than you'd expect talking animal film that's really funny, wonderfully acted and well presented.
Hallie Kate Eisenberg as young Marie is just amazing, delightfully childlike and incredibly intense. Academy Award-nominee Gena Rowlands is also great as the lonely old woman. Tony Shalhoub's Russian émigré is so morosely optimistic that I just had to go out and have a vodka to celebrate.
Sure, Paulie is often predictable, but that's the whole point of fairy tales: that you can experience something that's familiar but unusual, exciting but safe.
And while this is essentially a family story, it transcends that genre to frequently comment on the human condition: the misery, the loneliness, the love, the joy. Life is pain.
Paulie is funny and touching at the same time, well crafted and well made. I recommend it for anyone.
Security censorship classification
88 minutes (1:28 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: Undated May 2001