As the characters in The Starling navigate life, loss, and love, their story is told with the accompaniment of music. Here is every song included.
The 2021 comedy-drama film The Starling takes its audience on an emotional journey of grief, love, and music — here’s a guide to every song on the soundtrack. Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Matt Harris, The Starling first premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2021, before getting released on Netflix twelve days later. The film stars Melissa McCarthy as Lilly Maynard (Melissa McCarthy) and Chris O’Dowd as her husband Jack. Also included in the ensemble cast are Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, Loretta Devine, and Kevin Kline.
The Starling finds Lilly and Jack grappling with the loss of their daughter Katie after more than a year. Jack is staying in New Horizons, a mental health facility, while Lilly is left alone, listlessly working at a supermarket, diligently visiting Jack, and managing their home. While tending to their garden, Lilly is repeatedly attacked by an aggressive starling. At the end of The Starling, Lilly realizes that while she and Jack still have issues to work through, they can also learn to fly again, just like the titular bird.