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Little Birds is a 2011 independent drama film that tells the story of two teenage girls who decide to run away from their lives in a small town in California and embark on a dangerous journey to Los Angeles. The film was directed and co-written by Elgin James and stars Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, and Leslie Mann in lead roles. The movie opens with Lily (Juno Temple), a restless and rebellious 15-year-old girl, who is growing increasingly disenchanted with her life in the Salton Sea, a rundown desert town in Southern California. Lily spends most of her days hanging out with her best friend, Alison (Kay Panabaker), a more reserved and cautious girl who dreams of leaving the town and starting her life afresh.
One day, while playing a game of chicken with a group of boys, Lily and Alison meet two young men named David (Kyle Gallner) and Jesse (Chris Coy), who introduce them to the wild and dangerous culture of Los Angeles. Fascinated by the freedom and excitement of the city, Lily and Alison decide to leave their families behind and follow the boys to LA.
Once in LA, Lily and Alison realize that they have no place to stay, no money, and no plan. They find themselves in a world that is far more brutal, violent, and chaotic than they anticipated. They are forced to rely on their wits and their survival skills to navigate the dangerous streets and avoid the many dangers lurking around every corner.
As they explore the city, Lily and Alison get caught up in a series of misadventures, including getting robbed, getting arrested, and getting involved with a group of young skateboarders who seem more interested in exploiting them than helping them. Along the way, they also encounter a number of intriguing and complex characters, including Bonnie (Leslie Mann), a tough-talking, chain-smoking prostitute who takes them under her wing.
Through it all, Lily and Alison must learn to rely on their own strength and resilience to survive in a world where danger and uncertainty are always just a step away. They must also confront their own fears, doubts, and insecurities as they grapple with the harsh realities of life in Los Angeles.
Little Birds is a compelling and intense coming-of-age story that explores the themes of friendship, identity, and survival. The film is marked by strong performances from the lead actors, particularly Juno Temple, who brings a raw energy and intensity to her portrayal of Lily. The movie also boasts some stunning cinematography, capturing the stark beauty and bleak landscape of the Salton Sea and the gritty, urban environment of Los Angeles.
Overall, Little Birds is a poignant and powerful drama that offers a sobering and unflinching look at the harsh realities of growing up and coming of age in a world that can be cruel and unforgiving. It is a film that will resonate with audiences of all ages, particularly those who have ever struggled to find their place in the world and come to terms with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Little Birds is a 2012 drama. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 41.