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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from 3,657 votes
||Release: 23 January 2011 (USA) /
||Director: Elgin James,
||Stars: Bob Larkin, Carlos PenaVega, Chris Coy, David Warshofsky, Juno Temple, Kate Bosworth, Kathleen Gati, Kay Panabaker, Kyle Gallner, Lauren Pennington, Leslie Mann, Lydia Blanco Garza, Marc Rose, Neal McDonough, Scotty Noyd Jr.
||Synopsis: Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.
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First time director Elgin James infuses an admirable look to his debut
project, Little Birds, by giving the screen a hazy, cloudy look which
at times dims or flushes out the color of the picture, providing one
with the idea that they are seeing a film that is far, far away from
the mainstream breed. I imagine those poor lonely misfits that will be
able to identify with Little Birds and connect with it on a much more
personal level than I did will feel treated with wonderful
cinematography in a film that so perfectly "describes them." All I can
hope for is that the same lonely, ostracized misfits discover a film
like Larry Clark's Kids or even his other film Bully and then truly get
a deep understanding at how unexplainable and cruel adolescents can be
to themselves and to others. Those two films offer more insights and
reality and truly play more like horror films than a potboiler drama.
To be fair, Little Birds achieves at what it sets out to be and for
that one must admire it, but in the grand sea of films focusing on
young teens rebelling against societal conventions, its, how hipsters
say, somewhat uncool? Our story concerns Lily (Juno Temple), a
rebellious adolescent who just can't seem to stay in line, living in a
trailer park with her tramp of a mother (Leslie Mann) and only able to
connect with her longtime friend Alison (Kay Panabaker). Her town is on
the coast of the undesirable Salton Sea, which is literally, rapidly
decaying because of pollution and other chemicals on the sand. One day,
Lily and Alison meets some Los Angeles teens, one of them named Jesse
(Kyle Gallner), who takes a liking to Lily. Alison is impassive with
these teens, who prove to be nothing but hoodlums and degenerates. The
only reason they ventured out to spend the day in Salton Sea was so
that they could skate in empty pools.
Later on, Lily pesters Alison to steal her step-dad's pickup truck and
head out to Los Angeles to meet the boys and have another day of fun.
Reluctantly adhering to Lily's demand, the two girls spend the day
getting into trouble, shoplifting, and going down the path of sheer
ugliness before they get the brilliant idea to provoke sex-crazed
strangers over the internet, which leads to rather frightening results.
Yet during these scenes, which are equal parts tense and predictable, I
was reminded at how captivated and cold I was during the key murder
scene in Clark's Bully, which was so tense that it was hard to swallow.
The idea of young teenagers being forced to commit senseless acts that
offer no explanation solely because they're in the company of others
who enjoy causing such acts made the experience all the more tense
because of the fact that it shows how frighteningly far the boundaries
of peer pressure can be pushed.
Little Birds, sadly, doesn't offer that same level of depth and
substance that one should anticipate walking in. The performers are all
capable, as my eyes never left the charismatic Juno Temple, and was
delighted to see Kay Panabaker assume a challenging role in a confident
fashion. Also good here in an unfortunately toned-down role is Kyle
Gallner, who was fun to watch in Kevin Smith's Red State and poignant
in the brief scenes in Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy. And it's fair to say
that Elgin James' direction always feel attentive on characters and
mood and never feels sterile or anemic.
Little Birds is a solid and stable genre-exercise but nothing more. It
undermines its true potential, and too often allows its characters to
stew in just average material. I would've liked to see more scenes
involving the teens attempting to make conversation with their parents
and vice-versa. Shouting matches can get tedious, especially when
you've seen a handful of films centered on rebellion.
It's also interesting to note that this makes young Juno Temple three
for three in the game of "how many poor, listless trailer park
characters can I play in films?" with the two home-runs Dirty Girl and
Killer Joe already under her belt. I love Temple as an actress and feel
she has attitude and charm that could stretch a mile wide, but perhaps
in order to test her abilities more she should move up the social class
food chain to either comfortably poor or low middle class. Even the
most skilled and reliable typecast actors need a breath of fresh air.
Starring: Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kyle Gallner, and Leslie Man.
Directed by: Elgin James.
Tags for Little Birds (2011) Full Movie
, Carlos PenaVega
, Chris Coy
, David Warshofsky
, Juno Temple
, Kate Bosworth
, Kathleen Gati
, Kay Panabaker
, Kyle Gallner
, Lauren Pennington
, Leslie Mann
, Lydia Blanco Garza
, Marc Rose
, Neal McDonough
, Scotty Noyd Jr.
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