Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, Kimberly Quinn, Loretta Devine
Netflix comedy-drama directed by Theodore Melfi. The Starling (2021) centers on married couple, Lilly and Jack (Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd), who after suffering a loss, leads Jack to head off to deal with his grief on his own, while Lilly remains dealing with her own guilt. After Lilly finds a combative Starling has nested in her backyard that begins to harass her, on her journey to expel the Starling, Lilly finds guidance from Larry (Kevin Kline), a quirky psychologist-turned-veterinarian with a troubled past of his own. The two form a unique and unlikely friendship as they each help the other to explore, acknowledge and confront their problems.
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Dr. Manmohan: How are you sleeping?
Jack Maynard: Terrific.
Dr. Manmohan: Are you eating okay?
Jack Maynard: Yes. I don’t know if they give Michelin stars to mental health facilities. But if they did…
Lilly Maynard: [referring to Jack] How’s he doing, really?
Doctor: It’s going to take some time. He’s been through a lot. And what about you?
Lilly Maynard: Oh, I’m fine.
Doctor: [to Lilly] There’s a guy I used to work with. Someone you could talk to.
Travis Delp: [to Lilly] People have been noticing you’re acting sort of funny. You’re distracted.
Fawn: What’s your pet’s name?
Lilly Maynard: I don’t have a pet.
Fawn: No pet.
Larry: That’s a first. Come on back.
[as another patient gets up]
Larry: Not you. Sit. Down. Stay.
Lilly Maynard: I had gotten a referral at New Horizons. My husband is there.
Larry: I left the mental health field ten years ago.
Lilly Maynard: To become a vet? Isn’t that kind of weird?
Larry: I just don’t do this sort of thing anymore.
Lilly Maynard: No offense, but you can kind of tell.
Larry: The bird obviously thought you were a threat.
Lilly Maynard: I am now.
Larry: Are you familiar with stage three of the grieving process? It’s anger.
Lilly Maynard: What comes after that?
Lilly Maynard: Great. I can’t wait.
Dr. Manmohan: What is your plan?
Jack Maynard: I just need a minute to figure out what happens next.
Lilly Maynard: I carried her for nine months. So why are you here?
[as Jack walks away]
Lilly Maynard: Jack. Jack!
Larry: [to Lilly] It’s not about Katie. It’s about Jack and you. How do you restart?
Jack Maynard: So you’re her shrink, but in a vet form?
Larry: Well, yes, technically.
Lilly Maynard: Some things are just out of our control. We’re going to move on and move up. And we’re going to find an even better life than the one we had.
Larry: Starlings are different than other birds. They build a nest together. They protect the nest together. They’re just not meant to exist in the world alone, on their own.
Lilly Maynard: Real subtle stuff, Larry.
Larry: I thought so.
Jack Maynard: My wife wouldn’t know how to quit, and I love her so much for it. I want to not quit with her.
Patient: Yes, homie.