The title character is a parrot that speaks in the voluble ’40s-New York street-brat style of Leo Gorcey. In flashback, he relates the tale of how he befriended a stuttering little girl named Marie and was then separated from her. The creators of this surprisingly low-tech children’s fable (Jay Mohr’s voice is dubbed over shots of an actual talking parrot and some unobtrusive puppets) have appropriated the wistful, long-voyage-back-to-my-first-friend structure of Lassie Come Home and Stuart Little, but in tone the picture is closer to a birdbrained version of Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. Paulie hooks up with such characters as a kindly-eccentric trailer-home widow (Gena Rowlands) and a taco vendor (Cheech Marin), who, in the one halfway infectious sequence, leads a chorus line of birds in a mariachi production number. But the rambling, episodic structure keeps the movie from achieving any true comic or sentimental vitality. After Babe, with its rowdy barnyard of chattering beasties, Paulie’s lone wise-guy parrot seems a hero in search of a menagerie. C+
PaulieThe title character is a parrot that speaks in the voluble '40s-New York street-brat style of Leo Gorcey. In flashback, he relates the tale of how he...PaulieComedy, Sci-fi and FantasyPGThe title character is a parrot that speaks in the voluble '40s-New York street-brat style of Leo Gorcey. In flashback, he relates the tale of how he...1998-04-24Gena Rowlands
Genre: Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Buddy Hackett, Cheech Marin, Jay Mohr, Gena Rowlands; Director: John Roberts; MPAA Rating: PG
Posted April 24 1998 — 12:00 AM EDT
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