Pretty Bird

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Paul Schneider
Production: Paramount Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

[%% Antonin Dvorak:

Song to the Moon ]



People may doubt

what you say,

But they'll believe

what you do.

[%% Wim Mertens:

Watch over me ]

[stops engine]

[door alert chime]

[deep breath]

People may doubt what you say,

But they'll believe

what you do.

[man chuckling]

Hi. Welcome

to Owenby mattress.

Well, Mandy,

you know what's crazy is

I'm in need of assistance.

- Oh. Good one.

- [chuckling]

But seriously, my name

is Mr. Curt Prentiss...

I should warn you,

I am not the type

Who is gonna be

easily charmed.

- I'd never presume.

- Sure you would. [chuckles]

- Just kidding.

- Uh, all joking aside,

I'm here to see Kenny Owenby.

Is he perchance around?

Hey, you!

Get over here

right now.

[laughs] oh, my God!

Oh, my heavens!

Curtis Prentiss!

- Come on.

- How the heck are ya?

- Mr. "I'm too busy to

call my best friend."

- stop it.

Well, you didn't

call me back.

I'm not listening

to a word you're saying.

- Ok.

- This is some operation

you've got here.

Oh, yeah, that's right.

You haven't seen it before.

It's... It's, uh,

it's nice, you know?

Doin' fine, doin' fine.

- Yeah, I'll say.

- [sighs]

You're hiring with

your wiener, I like that.


Your employee Mandy,

she's very attractive

is all I'm saying.

Oh, yeah, Mandy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

She's great, she's great.

And, uh... Yeah, wow,

she's, uh, she's pretty.

Yeah. I never

noticed that before,

But, uh... Oh, yeah.

It's a huge space.

It's right here.

I could rent it and, uh,

have all the warehousing

For mattresses, beds,

and bedding I'd ever need.

Kenny, I might have

a better idea for this.

What do you

got in mind, Curtis?

Kenny, you have done

very well for yourself.

Oh, well, not too bad.

And you're making

a ton of money.

Ok, I don't know about

a ton of money...

Kenny, you're

making a ton of money.

Yes, I'm making

a ton of money.

Good, because we're

gonna need most of it.

- You sold me. I'm in.

- [laughs]

I'm spearheading a venture.

Well, technically,

I don't know

if there's a difference

Between that and an

enterprise. Whatever it is,

I'm the president of it.

Do you remember

a couple of years back

We tried to come up

with something to invent?

[chuckles] yeah, I sure do.

Yeah, heat n' hold.

%% hair dryer

that shoots hairspray %%

Yeah, of course I remember.

I still got mine.

Well, this new thing is

bigger than the hair dryer.

- Bigger than the hair dryer?

- Oh, it's bigger

than the hair dryer.


...Are you with me on this?

Whatever it is, I'm in.


[%% Wim Mertens:

Often a bird ]

[Curtis laughs]

I know, bright and early.

Good morning. Uh, my name

is Mr. Curt Prentiss.

I am heading

an intra-preneurial...

Intra-preneurial, uh...

Can you connect me

with the, uh,

jet propulsion department?

What I'm trying to do

is track down a jet

propulsion specialist

'cause I am in trouble!

Hi, is this, uh,

McDowell aerospace?


You are an aerospace engineer,

is that correct?

Great. And you went

to college?

And you graduated?

That's great.

Yes, I was told you have

a, uh, consultant on staff.

How's it goin' in here?

Uh, so it's been...

Shut down, huh?

Might I trouble you

for a forwarding number?

Oh. Lifesaver.

Richard Honeycutt.

Is that correct?

- [snores]

- [door opens]

[woman whispers] dear.

- Dear.

- [snorts]

There's someone

on the phone for you.

It might be about a job.

[exhales] you know, you can't

wake a man like that, babe.

You want me to tell you why?

I'll tell you why.

Because now I'm

gonna be jumpy all day,

You freakin' me out

like that.

There's a coupon

for the copy place

On the table.

Thought you might get

a jump on your resumes.

[bag rustling]

[man chews, spoon clatters]


[clears throat]


Is this Richard Honeycutt,

formerly of Datcher rocket labs?

- Yeah. Who is this?

- Rick, my name is

Mr. Curt Prentiss.

I am CEO of an emerging,

uh, company.

You attended college,

is that correct?

- Yeah.

- Excellent. Uh, Rick,

I've got one more

question for you.

When you were a kid,

did you ever...

...Have that dream

about flying?

[chewing loudly]

I have my pilot's license.

I'll note that as a "yes."

You'll be hearing

from me again. Good day.

Uh, touchdown, Kenny.

Big time.

Yes, I found our guy.

College degree,

rocket scientist,

Plus he's sitting

on his butt.

He just got fired.

[laughs] Curtis,

that's fantastic!


Ok, that's good.

- That's good.

- I'm just really

proud of you.

So you're Dennis.


Uh, Curtis,

actually. Curt.


So, Curtis, uh,

what is it that you do?

I am pulling CEO duty

right now.

I own a rocket propulsion


Rockets. [chuckles]

You're not gonna blow

the place up, are ya?

[laughs] no.

We have an office for that.

Oh. Good.

Well, we just have

to run your credit

Because everybody here

has perfect credit, so...

- Sure. You gotta have that.

- Tell me about it.

Oh. Cam will do it.

He knows all that stuff.

- Mr. MBA.

- MBA, huh?

[water runs]

- Well played.

- Well, we met at A&T.

Did you go to A&T?

Oh, let me guess:

Central? Northeastern?

- State?

- [toilet flushes]

I'll take it.


[coughs, groans]


- You want some?

- Oh, no, thanks.

Other side.

- [grunts]

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Zene Baker

Zene Baker is an American film editor. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Baker is a 1998 graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film editing. Baker is best known as the editor of the Seth Rogen's films Observe and Report, 50/50, This Is the End, Neighbors, The Interview, The Night Before and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising In addition, Baker also edited Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. He is represented by the UTA Agency. more…

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