Watch This: Paul Giamatti as a Rocket Scientist in Pretty Bird

June 2, 2010
Source: Paramount

Pretty Bird Trailer

At Sundance a few years ago I caught a film called Pretty Bird, directed by actor Paul Schneider, that was about a group of misfit scientists and businessmen who decide to build a working rocket-powered belt, like the one seen in James Bond (or Kick-Ass). It was a comedy starring Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, and Kristen Wiig, and was actually pretty damn good, despite the otherwise scathing reviews it got during the fest. I never heard a single thing about it again for nearly two years, but a trailer has finally appeared online. Sadly, it's only going straight-to-DVD, but now you can finally get a glimpse of what Pretty Bird is all about.

Watch the official DVD trailer for Paul Schneider's Pretty Bird:

A sweet-natured guy (Billy Crudup) enlists his pals to help him create and market his idea for a rocket-powered belt. When they unexpectedly find success, everything begins to spin even further out of control.

Pretty Bird was both written and directed by first-time director Paul Schneider, who's best known as an actor from films like Elizabethtown, Assassination of Jesse James, Lars and the Real Girl, Away We Go and also NBC's "Parks & Rec." Long-time editor Zene Baker is credited for the story in the film. This did originally premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2008, but never ended up getting a distributor. Years later, Paramount is finally releasing Pretty Bird straight-to-DVD on June 29th - buy it on Amazon!

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Paul Giamatti as a Rocket Scientist lol um ok

Jimmy Love on Jun 2, 2010


This looks like another one of those personal favorites. American Splendor is still on my shelf. Love me some Giamatti.

Angry Chief on Jun 2, 2010


Giamatti is always a pleasure to watch. He looks quite bizarre with the shaved head, I'm liking the style. Looks like a case of the marketing sleazebag(Crudup) sucking the life out of the talent for a change.

Crapola on Jun 2, 2010


I love Giamatti and this film looks pretty awesome. It sucks it never got a theatrical release.

the weatherman on Jun 2, 2010


Rickity Cricket!

.4.4 on Jun 2, 2010


Yea, I really wanted to see it again... And its just sort of been quietly collecting dust on a shelf for a while. A shame, too, cause it's actually pretty damn good. I hope you guys check it out once it hits DVD!

Alex Billington on Jun 2, 2010


Haha! Damn you 5, that's what I was just going to say. Good to see that guy getting some more work, he's pretty funny.

Scrotie McBoogerballs on Jun 3, 2010


Wow. Straight to DVD? Weird, with some of the poo they're pushing these days.

bozo on Jun 3, 2010


Awesome story with stellar cast, tight story filmed almost entirely in New Jersey, Paul S. was an awesome boss

Tom on Jun 15, 2010

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