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Love Birds (2011)

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Doug (Rhys Darby) thinks he has the perfect life and is stunned when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. He finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it better ... See full summary »

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... Doug
... Susan
Alvin Maharaj ... Gurneesh
Wesley Dowdell ... Brent
... Kanga
... Craig Watson
... Amanda
... Holly
... Brenda
... Dr. Buster
Sonia Gray ... Ginger
Zaverr Doctor ... Robin
Hannah Matthews ... Zara
... Quiz Master
... Professor Craddock
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Doug (Rhys Darby) thinks he has the perfect life and is stunned when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. He finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it better until such time as a new home can be found for it. The task gives him new found motivation and propels Doug into a journey of self discovery, where he meets zoologist Holly (Sally Hawkins). Will the duck ever fly again? and will Doug find his perfect life? Written by Anonymous

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When it comes to love, sometimes all you need is a little duck. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »
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A romantic comedy without a bitter aftertaste...
14 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

I'm sick of the Hollywood version of the romantic comedy. It seems like all this time, Hollywood has been trying to get close to repeating the critical and commercial success of When Harry Met Sally – itself an attempt to pull off a more accessible version of Woody Allen's late-70s bittersweet romantic comedies. However, Hollywood tends to get it wrong each time, with either bad casting, a bad script, or a very dubious moral centre (or all three - step forward Made Of Honour).

Away from the Hollywood version, Love Birds manages to entertain without leaving a bad aftertaste (the sort of guilt you usually feel after watching a romantic comedy when you realise you've just wasted 90 minutes of your life). Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby plays Doug, down-on-his-luck after being unceremoniously dumped by his long-term girlfriend. He finds solace in caring for an injured duck – also taken away from its partner – and this leads him to the supporting cast of Sally Hawkins and Bryan Brown.

Both actors are as awesome as ever, and Darby – by trade a stand-up comedian and comedic actor – more than stands up against them, carrying the film on his shoulders. The film is set in Auckland, New Zealand and it serves as a good showcase of the city's key features. In fact, the Auckland tourism board should really pay this film some attention (if it hasn't done already).

All in all, not the greatest film in the world, but a pretty entertaining one and a nice example of Kiwi filmmaking.


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