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Birds of America - comedy DVD review
BIRDS OF AMERICA Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lauren Graham, Hilary Swank
Director: Craig Lucas   Distributor: First Look Pictures
DVD release: 21 October 2008   Runtime: 85 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
DVD features: Audio (English - 5.1 Surround Sound, 2.0 Stereo), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish), Previews

Birds of America is reminiscent of Running with Scissors, without the scissors. In a nondescript home in the suburbs of an average American city lives a man, Morrie, played by Mathew Perry. Plagued by his siblings' behavior and his perceived failures in the responsibility of raising them all alone at an early age, he overcompensates by being as normal as he possibly can.

An anal-retentive teacher, Morrie is trying desperately to keep up appearances with his neighbor, colleague and best friend, who holds Morrie's future in his hands. Just as it seems that a future in the form of tenure is within his grasp, his younger brother, Jay (Ben Foster), throws appearances out the proverbial window. Brought home from the hospital with a head wound he mysteriously acquired while living in a ravine, he refuses to comply with his brother's requests to behave in ways that Morrie feels are socially acceptable.

As Morrie holds on to hope, his tenure and his wife (Lauren Graham) are both rocked by the appearance of not only Jay but his younger sister, Ida (Ginnifer Goodwin), invited home by the nonconformist Jay, who has decided to take up residency in the attic. Ida immediately holes up in the basement. Trapped between the two siblings, husband and wife try to keep impressing their neighbors with appearances - yet the harder they try, the more they fail. Soon psychotic appears normal, and the normal, psychotic.
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