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The film is a picaresque tale about an intelligent talking blue-crowned conure named Paulie (voice of Jay Mohr), and his long quest to return to his owner.
Misha Vilyenkov (Tony Shalhoub), a Russian immigrant and former teacher of literature, lives in America and works as a janitor at an animal testing lab. At the lab, Misha encounters Paulie and is shocked to see Paulie speaking fluent English. Subsequently, Paulie does not speak a word when Misha brings others to witness the talking bird.
Misha woos Paulie to tell his story by offering him pieces of mango. Paulie tells Misha about his original owner, a little girl named Marie (Hallie Eisenberg) who is struggling with a stutter.
The story transitions to a flashback scene in which Paulie is a baby bird. As Marie works on speech therapy, Paulie begins to speak too, beginning with understanding the meaning of words and progressing to the construction of complex sentences.
Marie’s father Warren (Matt Craven), a soldier, returns home from Vietnam and decides that Paulie is not helping Marie. The father’s resentment of the close bond between Paulie and Marie, and their shared progress in speech development, is evident.
Source: Sal Amato