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Duck (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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In 2009, when Los Angeles' last city park is closed to the public, a dispossessed man -- and the duck who follows him as a mother -- quest west, on foot, in search of water and meaning, in the desert that is L.A.

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A blighted Los Angeles in 2009. Arthur is recently widowed, his savings wiped out by his wife's illness. Their only son is long dead. Alone, Arthur adopts and is adopted by a duckling he names Joe. Saved from suicide, Arthur's life becomes caring for Joe and keeping clean a pond on land near his son's memorial tree. Homelessness awaits Arthur, and although he experiences a great deal of unkindness - from a bus driver, motorists, and animal control officers - he also offers and finds kindness. The pond drained, Arthur and Joe head west on a picaresque journey. Is there room for angels in Los Angeles? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Think Outside The Flock

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Un día, un pato  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Shot in 18 days. See more »

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At the end of the credits we are shown a blooper of a duck fluttering off and ruining a shot See more »

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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Bang Them Bones
Courtesy of Black Toast Music
Written by Bob Mair (BMI) and Nick Vincent
Published by Black Toast Music and Booli Mooli Music
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Either you'll love this film or hate, and that will depend on how misanthropic you are
16 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As fairly clear from the reviews already written, either you'll love this film or hate, and that will depend on how misanthropic you are. Be warned, this is not a cute animal movie either.

This is the story of a man who bounds with a duck, both of which have been discarded by society. Through their travels within the greater Los Angeles area, they experience for the most part the more negative aspects of humanity and finding redemption and purpose by saving and befriending his avian cohort.

I liked the film overall, but I'm a pretty easy critic as long as the film succeeds in its primary function: to entertain. The story meandered a bit, but stayed interesting enough to keep me hooked. The relationship between the man and the duck seemed genuine to me. The social commentary in this film is tough and biting, and probably a little heavy-handed. As I said earlier, the commentary is the deciding factor on whether you'll like this film.


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