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  • Summary: Lyman is a loner, working the graveyard shift for the Courtesy Patrol. When a green parrot flies in to his trailer he becomes obsessed with finding its owner, which leads him to Fiona. She has been eyeing Lyman from a distance and decides to help with his parrot search, whether he wants her to or not. The pair set off on a search that doesn't always lead them where they think they're going, but gradually leads them to one another. (Paladin) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 9, 2011
    70
    Margaret Whitton strikes a pleasing balance between amusing and sensitive, largely eluding the potentially precious minefields in their way.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Ms. Nichols is consistently appealing in the kind of role Zooey Deschanel has pretty much cornered, and Philippe Rousselot's nighttime shots of highway tragedy are dreamily atmospheric. If only Roger Towne's screenplay had focused less on the metaphysical import of Lyman's savior impulses and more on the physical rewards of his salvaged life.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Sep 20, 2011
    40
    The cast detracts, too: Fiona, a flighty loner in the book, is a grating twit in Nichols's hands, and Hurst, while likeable, is flat and too hunky. The bird's got more charisma, which in a better movie would've been the point.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 24, 2011
    40
    Unable to establish a consistent tone, picture goes derivatively screwball one minute and stickily sentimental the next.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 19, 2011
    38
    Naturally, given the film's somewhat precious air of spiritualism, the parroted phrase that speaks most clearly to Lyman is a quotation from the book of Ecclesiastes that gives the film its title and gives Fiona a chance to offer a blithely optimistic interpretation of that most dour of Biblical books.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 23, 2011
    25
    At its most entertaining when the parrot does the talking.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    9
    A really fun, offbeat plot with a superb performance by Rachel Nichols. A very enjoyable film that careens around one corner after another, but always seems to end up in the right place. Expand

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