1998 PG 1h 32m DVD

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1998 PG 1h 32m DVD
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Wise parrot Paulie (voiced by Jay Mohr) can ask for more than crackers, as Misha (Tony Shalhoub), the janitor at an animal-research lab, discovers. Paulie reveals via flashbacks how he ended up at the facility after being separated from his original owner, 5-year-old Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), then embarked on a decades-long search to reunite with her. Upon hearing Paulie's tale, Misha decides to help the loquacious bird realize his dream.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Paulie is a sweet, sensitively handled tale about the bond between a bird and his owner, with some great lessons about friendship, but it does include the death of a caretaker (implied, not shown explicitly or with any scariness), a tearful separation between a child and her pet, and a few other potentially frightening scenes. In one, a girl falls off a roof but is rescued; in another, the bird is abandoned, and later becomes trapped in a house. Additionally, for a portion of the film the bird is an accomplice to theft and robbery, though he learns it is wrong.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


A girl falls off a roof and is rescued. A bird is abandoned and trapped in a house. A bird is in agony when his wings are clipped. An ambulance signals the death of a character, though nothing is explicit or scary.


The movie has a few instances of insulting language, such as when Paulie calls Misha a "mutt monkey," and calls a pet cat a "stupid hairball." A pawn shop owner briefly mutters "Goddammit."

Social Behavior

Paulie is filled with extremely positive messages about friendship, respect, compassion, valuing the moment, telling others how you feel about them, and the value of simply listening to one's fellow humans. Paulie's story only unravels in the film because Misha believes it has innate value. Paulie listens to Ivy's story about her life traveling with her husband, and later, Ignacio's romantic woes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In one minor scene, patrons at an outdoor bar/taqueria consume beers during a musical performance.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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