“The Starling” Trailer Is Coming Right for Your Tear Ducts

The cynic in me wants to immediately dismiss a movie as nakedly sentimental as The Starling. I also want to ask, nay demand, that this cast reunite for an actual comedy, and not this tear-jerker. But I can't do that, because it looks genuinely moving, even as I see it's practically waving cut onions in my face.

Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd star as Lilly and Jack, a couple living with depression after their baby dies. Jack has checked himself into a mental health facility, while Lilly struggles to make it through each day. A nurse at Jack's hospital recommends a different type of therapy for her. She finally agrees to meet Larry (Kevin Kline), a psychologist turned veterinarian. Their friendship and bond with animals helps them both see the world in a new light.

While I'm not a fan of obvious house-renovation-as-life-renovation metaphors - which Kline is no stranger to, having starred in Life as a House 20 years ago - this looks like it will be a cathartic, if corny, experience. And Loretta Devine (as a fellow patient) speaks for all of us when she calls Jack an "asshole" for making her cry. Indeed.

The Starling premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and arrives in select theaters and on Netflix on September 24.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.