Chicken People

Rated 3.0

This is a charming documentary about people who raise chickens for competition, and the people in this movie take their craft seriously. There’s the mom who got over a drinking problem by focusing on her chickens, resulting in a sense of career purpose and a few awards. There’s the singer with a gig in Branson, Missouri, who longs to be home with his family, taking care of his chickens and attending the major competitions. And then there’s the engineer who designs racecar and tractor pull engines, but works obsessively on the side with chickens for show. If anything, the movie teaches a lot about the actual chickens, the many breeds, and their kind of adorable mannerisms. Let it be said, some of the chickens the folks raise in this movie are pretty impressive. Director Nicole Lucas Haimes has made a fun movie that leads up to a final competition where all those mentioned above are involved. I never thought I’d find a chicken beauty pageant interesting, but Haimes makes it so. (Available for rent on iTunes, and On Demand during a limited theatrical run.)