Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes
In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, CHICKEN PEOPLE follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. In the tradition of SPELLBOUND-with a little of GATES OF HEAVEN thrown in for good measure-comes a feature documentary about three remarkably rich and diverse personalities who come together to compete in their shared passion to raise the perfect chicken. The film will follow the struggles and triumphs of these characters, along with a wide array of competitors-both human and chicken-from the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens, to the Dixie Classic in Tennessee.
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★★★★ review by Natasha Hoyland on Letterboxd
My boyfriend: man these people are crazy
Me: *frantically tearing down the pages of the American Standard of Perfection that I've hung up on the wall of our room* haha yeah
This was like La La Land but instead of saving Jazz, Brian (who looks uncomfortably like one of my ex boyfriends) saved his love of chickens.
I can't wait to see Pecking Order which is essentially the New Zealand version of this.
Scavenger hunt 30: film 9/30
Task 5: A film with an animal in the title/on the cover
★★★½ review by Ben Levin on Letterboxd
Eating a chicken whilst watching this was definitely a bad decision.
★★★½ review by Russell Holley on Letterboxd
There's a flashy TV-ready presentation to Chicken People that's a turn off for me, but the quirky personalities in the world of competitive chicken breeding are interesting, heartfelt, and well worth checking out.
★★★★ review by Jacob Cornblatt on Letterboxd
Chicken People is a real life Best in Show...
...or actually, there are things that happen in this that Christopher Guest would not have been able to write and actors certainly couldn't play. From the chicken photographer to the romantic cruise boat photo, the subjects' jobs to Brian's look, Chicken People is gold. The dramatic bits don't fit too well, but everything else is spot on. I loved this.
"Do you think you look like your chicken?"
"Well, my chicken is 30 inches tall, so no."
You can't make this stuff up, folks.
★★★★ review by ianjcunningham on Letterboxd
entices you in the guise of a "best in show" type profile, but really endears you to these wonderful people until you're practically cheering for them in the home stretch
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