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Pretty Bird -- Based on a true stoy, this comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs set out to invent a rocket belt. The venturesome partnership soon takes an unhealthy toll as their mismatched personalities clash and some unexpected success lead to retaliations and kidnapping in this parable of American dreams and delusions.
Pretty Bird -- A sweet-natured guy enlists his pals to help him create and market his idea for a rocket-powered belt. But can their friendship withstand unexpected success?
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  (in credits order)

Billy Crudup ... Curtis Prentiss

Paul Giamatti ... Rick Honeycutt

David Hornsby ... Kenny Owenby

Kristen Wiig ... Mandy Riddle

Elizabeth Marvel ... Tonya Honeycutt

Denis O'Hare ... Chuck Stutters

Garret Dillahunt ... Carson Thrash

James Wetzel ... Dennis
Brent King ... Berger

Anna Camp ... Becca French

Nate Mooney ... Randy Pendler

Adam LeFevre ... Phil the Neighbor

Aasif Mandvi ... Ted the Banker

Dierdre Friel ... Erica the Waitress

Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Credit Card Clerk

Lennon Parham ... Woman with Beef

John Behlmann ... Corporate Hotshot #1

Jordan Gelber ... Corporate Hotshot #2

Eisa Davis ... Corporate Hotshot #3
Sarah Uriate Berry ... Corporate Hotshot #4
Michael Heintzman ... Money Guy
Robert Testut ... Jimmy

Paul Schneider ... Beach Dog Jogger (as Otto Peotomy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Cameron Talbott ... Hustler (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schneider 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zene Baker  story
Paul Schneider  writer

Produced by
Doug Bernheim .... executive producer
Daniel Carey .... producer
Elizabeth Giamatti .... producer
Paul Giamatti .... producer
John Limotte .... producer
D.J. Martin .... executive producer
Mark Moran .... co-producer
Mark Moran .... line producer
James Shifren .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Igor Martinovic 
Film Editing by
Annette Davey 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
Production Design by
Alex DiGerlando 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Maine 
Costume Design by
Paola Weintraub 
Makeup Department
Carol 'Ci Ci' Campbell .... key hair stylist
Tarsha Marshall .... key hair stylist
Tania Ribalow .... makeup department head
Production Management
Danielle Blumstein .... production supervisor
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production supervisor
Mark Moran .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director
Sarah Gottlieb .... second second assistant director
Josh Newport .... first assistant director
Art Department
Shiva Shankar Bajpai .... art department assistant
Emily Boettcher .... art department intern
Cheryl Boyarsky .... props p.a
David Brenner .... on-set dresser
Joel Custer .... lead man
Tara DiGerlando .... art department production assistant
Mark Harrison .... art department
Zachary Heinzerling .... art department intern
Joel Weaver .... property master
Seth Williamson .... set dresser
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Andrew Baker .... additional sound utility
Rob Embrey .... studio manager
Fredrick Helm .... supervising sound editor
Giles Khan .... sound
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
Maggie Malyn .... post sound coordinator
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Gary Millus .... assistant sound editor
David Miraglia .... sound effects editor
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Sanchez .... additional sound mixer
Adam Sanchez .... boom operator
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Whitver .... foley editor
Brian S.M. Wroth .... adr editor
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Chelsea Manifold .... prosthetics
Paul J. Mason .... prosthetics
Carl Paolino .... prosthetics
Gene Harrison .... stunt double: Billy Crudup
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Olga Abramson .... second assistant camera
Michael Arisohn .... rigging electric
Wylda Bayron .... camera operator
Adam Benlifer .... electrician
Nicholas Bryan .... rigging gaffer
Luis Colon .... dolly grip
Bill Dixon .... additional grip
David Dutkus .... additional grip
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Brian Harnick .... additional rigging best boy electric
Aaron Jacobs .... grip
Chris Koch .... best boy grip
Denny Kortze .... Steadicam operator
Damon Lemay .... first assistant camera
Ludovic Littee .... camera operator
Evin Lowe .... gaffer
James Madrid .... camera loader
Joe Mandeville .... grip
Kim Marcelino .... additional electrician
Toby Miller .... best boy electric
Brent Poleski .... key grip
Marialuisa Ramirez .... rigging gaffer
Samantha Sa .... electrician
Meg Schrock .... additional electrician
Jay Sgroi .... rigging best boy
Brian Smith .... grip
Brooks Toran .... additional electrician
John Vendetti .... additional grip
Joy Weber .... generator operator
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Jennifer Dubin .... casting assistant
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aneikit Bonnel .... key costumer: principals
Chrissy Kuhn .... costume supervisor (as Christine Kuhn)
Estella Marie .... additional seamstress
Editorial Department
Kate Abernathy .... assistant editor
Chris Blacklock .... telecine assistant
Dave Muscat .... assistant on-line editor
David Vendette .... assistant editor
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Other crew
Rebecca Bernard .... production assistant
Rebecca Breckel .... script supervisor
Sinead Carty .... location intern
Patricia Charles .... first assistant accountant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Ana Cuadra .... assistant location manager
Natalie Damico .... production secretary
Laura Dodd .... clearance coordinator
Jacq Donegan .... production coordinator
Peter Farnsworth .... production office intern
Heather Gauntt .... location scout
Seth Hauer .... production office intern
Richard Kathlean .... location assistant
Kate Lillie .... location coordinator
Kimberly Lisner .... office production assistant
Jeffrey Longo .... assistant to producers
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Greg Martin .... payroll accountant
Gregory T. Martin .... payroll accountant
Jake Martin .... production assistant
Ryan McDonald .... office production assistant
Molly Moran .... assistant production coordinator (as Molly Bennett)
Joe Sevey .... location manager
Thomas M. Sevey .... location scout
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... key set production assistant
Eric J. Sonntag .... location assistant
Bop Tweedie .... set medic
Steven Wargo .... stand-in: Billy Crudup
Jeffrey M. Weber .... set production assistant
Kathy Welch .... post production accountant
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Derek Yip .... production accountant

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality
120 min | 98 min (DVD)
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A Good Idea at the Time?, 17 September 2012
Author: Tim Kidner ( from Salisbury, United Kingdom

Actor Paul Schneider turns his hand to directing, for this, his first and only time. With the big star pull (at least now) of Paul Giamatti and a premise along the lines of inventing rocket belts (I think they've been referred to as 'jet-packs' over here) and seen in Bond movie(s), you'd think this would be better known.

Or, at least available. I saw it on Film 4 and Radio Times online couldn't be bothered to give it a rating even and provided only the skimpiest of plot outlines. But it seems to be available via Amazon as region 1 DVD only, precluding the majority.

It started out OK, when it was vaguely predictable. Some guys (three) seem to phone each other up and suddenly meet and next thing they're moving into an industrial unit to test their invention. Apart from some interesting and nicely diverting fantasy sequences, it's a mess. You don't care for any of them, Giamatti shouts obscenities all the time and Billy Crudup looks uncomfortable. My mind lost interest and before long concentration had melted and I wanted it to end. I don't really know where the story went, if at all and the ending was vague and stupid. Apparently, there's kidnapping and betrayal when someone steals the only rocket belt in existence....

With bursts of inappropriate opera singing as background music, one could tell that Schneider is attempting satire and humour but that's completely smashed by an insensitive and heavy hand. It's no wonder that this one-time director realised his mistake and went straight back to acting!, while Giamatti must have shuffled it out of his CV.

My 2/10, rather than just one, is for some of the performances and I'm sure some people would find it endearing and no doubt, amusing and all that. But at nearly two hours it's just too long and any attempts to stay afloat whilst watching it is as likely as keeping those rocket belts in the air for any length of time. Disappointing

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