Listen up: Paulie has things to say, and the fact that he's a parrot doesn't mean they can be ignored or dismissed as mere mindless mimicry of human speech. The love of Paulie's life is a sweetly grave little girl named Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg),
whose parents give Paulie away because they think Marie's attachment to her pet is stifling her development. But Paulie isn't so easily cast off: He devotes himself to finding Marie, even after her family moves across the country, and along the way falls in with a variety of human companions.
There's pawnshop owner Artie (Buddy Hackett), and aging widow Ivy (Gena Rowlands), who drives Paulie halfway to California in a ...