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Birds of America (2008)

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A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.



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Some families defy classification


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Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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26 February 2010 (Mexico)  »

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The Laws of Motion  »

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2.35 : 1
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Ida: If you are gonna live totally outside the lines, all of the people moving on the inside of them are gonna flatten you.
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An interesting film but some elements do not completely work
17 February 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Recently,there have been some movies dedicated to examine the silent melancholy of the middle class,hidden behind the illusion of "normality" the society requires to interact.In other words,films like Dan in Real Life,Kabluey and now Birds of America,are films which follow the themes and ideas examined on superior films like American Beauty and The Ice Storm.I think that the clue to success on this sub-genus is having interesting characters starred by actors who can dominate the difficult balance between humor and tragedy.Birds of America fulfills the second condition but the characters from this movie are not completely solid.Let's first talk about the good elements from this interesting,but not totally satisfactory,film.The dialogs from this movie are intelligent and realistic; they never feel forced.The performances are excellent.Matthew Perry brings a very solid performance,as well as Lauren Graham.Ginnifer Goodwin,Ben Foster and the great Hilary Swank also show conviction and credibility on their roles.And,in spite of the fails,I think this movie is an interesting experience.Now,let's see the negative elements.As I previously mentioned,the characters are not completely solid in spite of being perfectly performed.I mean,the characters are insipid because they lacked of more development on the screenplay.And,in spite of the short running time (85 minutes), the film gets a little bit dull on a few occasions.In spite of that fails,Birds of America is an interesting movie but I feel that with a better development of characters,it could have been much better than what it is.In summary,a good film but not completely satisfactory.

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