YMMV / Paulie

  • Jerkass Woobie: Marie's father. While he does have a bad attitude toward Marie for not speaking correctly and he's a Fantasy-Forbidding Father, it's established early on in the film that the reason he acts the way he does is because he's a Shell-Shocked Veteran from serving in The Vietnam War.
  • Hilariousin Hindsight: The younger Marie is portrayed by Hallie Eisenberg, sister of Jesse Eisenberg, who voiced the main character Blue in the animated film "Rio," also about a pet bird who is separated from his owner and his adventures on his quest to find her.
  • Special Effects Failure: At one point, a big deal is made of Paulie's wings being clipped. Earlier in the movie, several of the birds depicting him had wings that were very visibly already clipped (note when he spreads his wings to pose for a painting). The clipping of pet birds' wing feathers is commonly done for practical purposes and it only makes sense that the birds used in filming would have been clipped to reduce the risk of them flying away if startled, but it's a pretty distracting detail all the same.