Adventure / Comedy
Adventure / Comedy
Paulie, an intelligent parrot who actually talks, relates the story of his struggle to a Russian immigrant who works as a janitor at the research institute where he is housed and neglected. Paulies story begins many years earlier when he is given as a gift to a little girl who stutters. Eventually, he teaches the girl to speak correctly but is taken away by her father because he believes the girl cannot distinguish fantasy from reality because she believes the bird can talk. Paulie goes through a series of adventures with a pawn shop owner, an ageing widow, a Mexican-American troubadour and a would be thief before being taken to the institute where he now lives.
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Some people might call "Paulie" a kids' movie, but I wish to assertthat it's more than that. Probably more than anything else, this moviesuccessfully goes to great lengths to show the plight of immigrants inthe United States - topical given the recent debates. Portraying aparrot telling a Russian immigrant janitor (Tony Shalhoub) of how hesearched America for his original owners, the movie tells severalstories. There's the elderly woman (Gena Rowlands) whom he befriends,then a Mexican immigrant (Cheech Marin), and others.<br><br>All in all, it's a very well done movie. I usually don't expect muchfrom these sorts of movies, but this one is a treat. I certainlyrecommend it. Also starring Jay Mohr, Buddy Hackett, Bruce Davison,Hallie Eisenberg and Trini Alvarado.
Something about "Paulie" touched my heart as few movies do. It is awitty, funny yet emotional movie. I'm a late comer in becoming a fan ofthis movie. I didn't see "Paulie" until May, 2004 and have sinceordered the Widescreen DVD from a seller at eBay.<br><br>The special effects of showing Paulie talking are superb. My son askedme how the bird knew so many phrases.Probably my favorite part of themovie is when Paulie is in Gena Rowlands (Ivy's) company followed byCheech Marin (Ignacio). Tony Shalhoub (Misha) plays an excellent partas the good hearted human. You root for him all the way through themovie.<br><br>You can't go wrong renting or buying this movie!!
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I have seen this film numerous times and for the life of me, I cannotunderstand why some people compare this to BABE. This film is not aboutthe secret life of ALL animals who secretly can talk. Instead, it isabout a Parrot who learns to talk to help his owner, a little girl witha serious stammer, overcome her speech impediment only to be separatedfrom her in a heart-wrenching scene early on. Then the great journeybegins. Paulie the Parrot sets out to try and find his one greatfriend, Marie.<br><br>Along the way, he meets several wonderful people and numerous nastypeople. He falls in love with a girl parrot and loses her. He getsconned into a life of crime and then captured by a bad scientist whowants to exploit him.<br><br>He recounts his tale to a sympathetic Janitor in the Lab who agrees tohelp him escape and find his beloved Marie.<br><br>Tony Shaloub shines as the kindly Janitor who has an open mind and bigheart and who determines to help little Paulie despite the risks. JayMohr plays the voice of the Parrot AND one of the seedy characters hecomes across.<br><br>There is a little suggestive language but this film is appropriate formost kids and even more so if the parents join in on the fun and watchtoo. It is a witty, clever, epic animal-adventure story and ultimatelya great love story about a Bird and his little girl. He search forMarie ends with a quite an unexpected surprise for most people whodon;t know much about Parrots.<br><br>Kids who have seen the wild Green Parrot Tribes in Los Angeles andPasadena will especially benefit from seeing this film andunderstanding that Birds, especially Parrots are not disposable pets.All children everywhere, will see that Pets form deep attachmentsthemselves and that the love and loyalty of a dog or parrot is a giftto be treasured.<br><br>so no BABE here, more of an incredible journey with a twist.<br><br>Enjoy and try no to tear up during the sad parts.