The Real Macaw

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • G
  • Action, Children's, Fantasy

A retired pet of buccaneers, Mac the Macaw enjoys a sedate life on the mortgaged estate of Benjamin Girdis (Jason Robards). When creditors threaten to foreclose on Benjamin's property, Mac stuns Benjamin's grandson Sam (Jamie Croft) with his ability to talk, then enlists him in a wild scheme to recover buried treasure from the Coral Islands. To finance their...read more

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A retired pet of buccaneers, Mac the Macaw enjoys a sedate life on the mortgaged estate of Benjamin Girdis (Jason Robards). When creditors threaten to foreclose on Benjamin's property, Mac stuns Benjamin's grandson Sam (Jamie Croft) with his ability to talk, then enlists him in a wild scheme to recover buried treasure from the Coral Islands. To finance their excursion, Sam sells an antique ring to an unscrupulous professor-cum-collector named Dr. Hagen (John Waters) who decides that he, too, is interested in acquiring the treasure. Trailing Sam to a resort hotel, Hagen bides his time while Sam, using Mac as his dummy, accepts a ventriloquist gig. While Mac tries to remember the pirate chest's exact location, Hagen's ready to dig up the entire island &#151 and ruffle a few feathers. If your youngsters dig talking birds, they'll be delighted with the antics of this feathered chatterbox in a production that gives old-fashioned piracy a cuddly update. Instead of walking-the-plank aboard a skull-and-crossbones ship, Mac and Sam wreak havoc at the hotel, with plenty of slapstick humor. Adult tolerance depends on whether you can abide wisecracking fantasy figures. Do all God's talking creatures have the souls of stand-up comics?

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: G
  • Review: A retired pet of buccaneers, Mac the Macaw enjoys a sedate life on the mortgaged estate of Benjamin Girdis (Jason Robards). When creditors threaten to foreclose on Benjamin's property, Mac stuns Benjamin's grandson Sam (Jamie Croft) with his ability to tal… (more)

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