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Pretty Bird is a 2008 American comedy film. It competed in the Dramatic Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.


A sweet-natured guy enlists his best friend, and an engineer who lost his job and has an attitude problem, to help him create and market his idea for a rocket-powered belt. The entrepreneur never loses his confidence the idea will work even though he runs into problems that include finding investors and disagreements with his engineer.


  • Billy Crudup as Curtis Prentiss
  • Paul Giamatti as Rick Honeycutt
  • David Hornsby as Kenny Owenby
  • Kristen Wiig as Mandy Riddle
  • Elizabeth Marvel as Tonya Honeycutt
  • Denis O Hare as Chuck Stutters
  • Garret Dillahunt as Carson Thrash
  • James Wetzel as Dennis
  • Anna Camp as Becca French
  • Nate Mooney as Randy Pendler
  • Aasif Mandvi as Ted the Banker
  • Adam LeFevre as Phil the Neighbor
  • Lennon Parham as Woman with Beef


Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 20% based on reviews from 5 critics.

Robert Koehler of Variety criticized the film as being overly calculated and predictable, noting that the only bright spot in the film was its soundtrack. Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter wrote Pretty Bird flaps one comic wing and one dramatic wing, but this slight-framed bird never soars and ultimately crashes under the weight of its excessive thematic ballast .

It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, but did not win.

Year 2008
ReleaseDate 2008-01-20
RuntimeMins 120
RuntimeStr 2h
Plot A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their mismatched personalities soon dissolves the business into a morass of recriminations and retaliations, kidnapping, and murder in this parable of American dreams and delusions.
Awards Awards, 1 nomination
Directors Paul Schneider
Writers Zene Baker, Paul Schneider
Stars Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, David Hornsby
Produced by Doug Bernheim,Daniel Carey,Elizabeth Giamatti,Paul Giamatti,John Limotte,D.J. Martin,Mark Moran,James A. Shifren
Music by Wim Mertens
Cinematography by Igor Martinovic
Film Editing by Annette Davey
Casting By Mark Bennett
Production Design by Alex DiGerlando
Set Decoration by Sarah Maine
Costume Design by Paola Weintraub
Makeup Department Carol ‘Ci Ci’ Campbell,Tarsha Marshall,Tania Ribalow
Production Management Danielle Blumstein,Paul Leonardo Jr.,Mark Moran
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director David Blazina,Sarah Gottlieb,Josh Newport
Art Department Shiva Shankar Bajpai,Emily Boettcher,Cheryl Boyarsky,David Brenner,Joel Custer,Tara DiGerlando,Mark Harrison,Zachary Heinzerling,Joel Weaver,Seth Williamson
Sound Department Steven Avila,Andrew Baker,Rob Embrey,Fredrick Helm,Giles Khan,Peter D. Lago,Maggie Malyn,Greg Mauer,Gary Millus,David Miraglia,Beauxregard Neylen,Rick Owens,Jeff Pullman,Mark A. Rozett,Adam Sanchez,Kelly Vandever,Ben Whitver,Brian S.M. Wroth
Special Effects by Chelsea Manifold,Paul J. Mason,Carl Paolino
Stunts Gene Harrison,Manny Siverio
Camera and Electrical Department Olga Abramson,Michael Arisohn,Wylda Bayron,Adam Benlifer,Nicholas Bryan,Luis Colon,Bill Dixon,David Dutkus,Marialuisa Ernst,David Giesbrecht,Brian Harnick,Aaron Jacobs,Chris Koch,Denny Kortze,Damon Lemay,Ludovic Littee,Evin Lowe,James Madrid,Joe Mandeville,Kim Marcelino,Toby Miller,Kate Phelan,Brent Poleski,Samantha Sa,Meg Schrock,Jay Sgroi,Brian Smith,Brooks Toran,Jonathan Vendetti,Joy Weber,JoJo Whilden
Casting Department Jennifer Dubin,Lee Genick
Costume and Wardrobe Department Aneikit Bonnel,Chrissy Kuhn,Estella Marie
Editorial Department Kate Abernathy,Chris Blacklock,Dave Muscat,David Vendette
Location Management Sinead Carty,Ana Cuadra,Heather Gauntt,Richard Kathlean,Kate Lillie,Joe Sevey,Thomas M. Sevey,Eric J. Sonntag
Music Department Doug Bernheim,Rhan Small
Script and Continuity Department Rebecca Breckel
Additional Crew Rebecca Bernard,Patricia Charles,Alison Cohen,Natalie Damico,Laura Dodd,Jacq Donegan,Peter Farnsworth,Seth Hauer,Kimberly Lisner,Jeffrey Longo,Gabriella Ludlow,Paula P. Manzanedo,Greg Martin,Gregory T. Martin,Jake Martin,Ryan McDonald,Molly Moran,Luke Tomalin Sherman,Bop Tweedie,Steven Wargo,Jeffrey M. Weber,Kathy Welch,Danielle Wilson,Derek Yip
Genres Comedy
Companies Sound Pictures, All Mod Cons, Touchy Feely Films
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating R
ImDbRating 5
ImDbRatingVotes 1151
Keywords murder,inventions,science laboratory,annoying person