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Birds of America
Birds of America
Actors: Matthew Perry, Hilary Swank, Lauren Graham, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director: Craig Lucas
Genres: Comedy
R     2008     1hr 25min

Morrie (Matthew Perry, Friends) is the keeper of all things family related, including his siblings. In this comedic foray into sibling relationships, Morrie's little brother Jay (Ben Foster, 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men: The Last ...  more »

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Actors: Matthew Perry, Hilary Swank, Lauren Graham, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director: Craig Lucas
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 8/31/2014...
There was nothing remotely interesting or entertaining about the first hour of this movie so when Jay started jacking off to porn I turned it off
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 4/23/2012...
It took a little bit to get started, but once it neared the climax, it was quite funny.
S A A. (Learned2Heal)
Reviewed on 3/14/2011...
This is one of the best movies I've seen this year. Surprisingly so, because it is habitually rated just average on the various sites like Amazon and IMDB. People don't seem to understand the very deep and beautiful psychology of this movie, which ultimately culminates in discovering what and where a person's real freedom is. Not in a political way, but in a liberating, "life's journey" kind of way. This movie is beautifully written, which is a tricky matter when dealing with this level of intellectualism. It stops short of being preachy or over-written. It is perfect! The casting is excellent too. Each character has great depth (or shallowness) that is magnificently represented by the actors chosen for each role. The pacing is also very well done, as is the score and the camera work. All in all, when it was over, I was ready to start watching it all over again. I really actually wish the whole story would have stretched much longer. It was sheer delight.

A movie about recognizing the chains that bind you and the love that frees you. Five Stars from me.

Movie Reviews

Overbearing and not the best dysfunctional family drama
AIROLF | USA | 08/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Spanning 1 hour at 20 minutes this movie feels much longer and not necessarily in a pleasant way. Although some of the subjects and explorations this movie takes are genuine and interesting, there's too much of the oddity in here to be truly appreciated. This is not the best dysfunctional family drama out there and, by the end of the film, nor do we really care about whether it is."
2 stars for Goodwin and Foster
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 10/18/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Essentially this dysfunctional film implodes on itself in numerous ways, so much so that any description of the plot or otherwise would just be boring. The only two reasons to see this would be to watch the range that Ben Foster and Ginnifer Goodwin have. I liked Foster in 3:10 to Yuma and I think this role helped show his variety, as with Goodwin.

This is not a film to grab if you think Hillary Swank, Perry or Graham do anything special. Swank has 5 scenes, Perry spends half the film on a toilet (toilet humor does not work for me anymore) and Graham just seemed to miss it. Watching Perry scoop dog crap up well over ten times didn't work for me either. I like the films from First Look, but this one doesn't meet the grade of competency, except for Foster building a solid foundation - and when I think about it he actually had more screen time than anyone, so maybe they should change the cover art to him."
Classic Structure, Mediocre Content
Coffee Klatch Reviews | Santa Cruz, CA | 11/24/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I love Matthew Perry, but he needs someone to help him pick better films. I like films about dysfunctional families, but this movie was a sub-par example of the genre. This movie had the elements of a promising film but the content of the scenes was not clever, humorous, or perceptive enough. (Though there is one scene that sticks in my memory involving smoking marijuana that I thought was authentic/original/cool.)

Instead of this, if you haven't seen it, see The Safety of Objects, a film that my subconscious keeps returning to months after seeing it.