Rare Birds

Rare Birds

Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Friday 18th July 2003

Budget: $5M

Distributed by: Lions Gate Films

Production compaines: BIG Pictures, Pope Productions


Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Fresh: 7 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Dave, as Alice, Greg Malone as Buster Bartlett, as Phonse

Rare Birds Review

A surprisingly funny black comedy that has apparently been seen by no other person on the face of the earth, Rare Birds is worth seeking out on home video.

The story is about as dark as they come. A Newfoundland restaurateur named Dave (William Hurt) finds his business is failing, so he and neighbor Alphonse (Andy Jones) decide to fake the sighting of a very rare bird, thus drawing hordes of birdwatchers to the area... in turn, drumming up business for the restaurant.

This works well for a while, until birdwatchers start slipping to their deaths from the rocks, suited men start snooping around, Dave gets involved with his right-hand gal (Molly Parker), and there's those giant bags of cocaine, too. When Rare Birds gets stuck in Dave's nascent coke habit and Alphonse's amateur submarine-building obsession, sure, it gets a little silly for its own good. But who hasn't thought of inventing something fanciful (bomb threat to get you out of work, etc. etc.) to help their career or leisure time? It's simple, but it always bites you back.

Rare Birds doesn't take itself seriously but for the most part it knows the story it's trying to tell, and it's really quite funny. It's hard not to like, even if it's exceptionally morbid. And Hurt is especially hilarious, which is somewhat uncommon of late in his career.

Medium well.