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A Bird of the Air

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Margaret Whitton

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About the Movie

A stray parrot brings together Rachel Nichols and Jackson Hurst in an adaptation of Joe Coomer’s romantic novel The Loop, directed by Margaret Whitton. Lyman (Hurst) is a quiet loner who works the overnight shift for the Highway Courtesy Patrol. When a talking parrot flies in to his trailer he becomes obsessed with tracking down its previous owners, which leads him to Fiona (Nichols), a librarian who speaks her mind. Together, the pair set off to unravel the past as Fiona opens up Lyman’s heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An offbeat romance fueled by pets and pithy aphorisms. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Sep 22, 2011

Rotten: Not a bad premise, but first-time director Margaret Whitton fails to temper the sappiness with real human crustiness. – Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, Sep 20, 2011

Rotten: At its most entertaining when the parrot does the talking. – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Sep 23, 2011

Rotten: Its lethargic plotting and quirky affectation are -- wait for it -- strictly for the birds. – Nick Schager, Time Out, Sep 20, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Charm to spare

I read a confused and confusing review of this in the Village Voice, but the story premise really intrigued me so I saw it in a theater. And I'm so glad I did. It's a gentle screwball comedy, if there is such a thing: parrot finds boy, madcap girl with dog finds boy, boy tries to find parrot's owner and in the process falls for madcap girl. It's poignant, magical, and long on charm. Great chemistry between the two leads, who will no doubt go on to careers in bigger movies, which will hopefully point audiences to this gem of a film. Did I mention I'm an animal lover? The parrot of the title is amazing. But the dog. I. Want. That. Dog.

Something for Everyone

This sweet romance will win your heart with its clever humor
and story line. The more I watch it - the more I like it.
There are handsome hunks, beautiful women, an adorable hound and an amazing parrot.
They are all wrapped up in a great little adventure.


I'm usually skeptical of "quirky" indie type films, but Bird of the Air won me over. Interesting premise, cute dialogue, and some serious chemistry between the romantic leads. I love rachel nichols!

A Bird of the Air
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  • $5.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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