Rare Birds (2001) - Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
Stars: William Hurt, Andy Jones
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 36 found boring (30.55%)

One-line Reviews (32)

Saw Rare Birds last month and really, really enjoyed it.

The writing was sharp - nothing felt forced, contrived, or too ridiculous.

Some awful editing too to add to this disjointed effort.

The relationship with Alice was uninspiring, by the time she left I could really care less.

The empty stare of disbelief and his infectious stutter are hilarious as the boy meets girl interlude stumble through the wafting smells.

One of the most entertaining little movies I've ever seen.

It was hard to follow why things were happening (why did they decide to start burning the coke?

First of all, you have to understand that the entire east coast of Canada exists in a mind-numbed state of boredom.

So weather this is the worst comedy ever, or such a bland and meaningless drama (and according to the drug line, add "unscrupulous" as well !

I maybe shouldn't comment on the movie as a whole, as I was unable to finish watching it, it was so boring.

very enjoyable film, although one has to detach one's brain to enjoy the ending.

Moments of humour and greatness but with an absolutely awful subplot that went nowhere about cocaine.

The dialogue was boring, the storyline while promising, was handled very badly and the sub-plots absolutely incomprehensible.

He felt bored in this film, and instead of being funny, he just felt sad.

It was the X-Files and over time we found ourselves used to no questions answered, and continued randomness coupled with confusion.

Yet it is entertaining, and this author did not waste time in watching it.

The one single convincing scene in the movie---when Hurt silently rubs Parker's tired foot---was probably made up on the spot, because it's too real to be part of the rest of this contrived mess.

Nothing happens.

I definitely recommend this film for some light, entertaining fare.

It remains entertaining, in a way that few comedies are.

His restaurant (The Awk) sits empty; his long distance marriage is on the rocks.

Had I found this film more enjoyable, I feel that I could have easily overlooked the fact that the rare bird mentioned in the film is not a real critter.

It carried the film through slower moments.

To watch him fall in love with the only girl within 50km is very entertaining.

A good cure for insomnia .

The cocaine sequences were pointless (and presumably gave the film its R rating), and the ending with the ridiculously hapless RCMP was a little disappointing.

Even if the movie looses some of its potential to somewhat banal direction, I think it's pretty hard not to like Rare Birds even a little bit.

In this day and age of fast paced, overstylished movies, comes this tale of a chef and his close friend, who tries to save his buddies deserted restaurant, by inventing the sighting of a near extinct duck near the location to attract customers.

All in all, an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours sitting on my "arse" :)8/10

One of the most entertaining little movies I've ever seen!

The events run boringly; just the scheme parts, the lead's silent attraction towards the redhead girl, and sniffing cocaine, then all of that again, and again, without any comedy, intelligence, or artistic subtleness.

And Dave's attraction to the coke was pointless.