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The Big Year directed by David Frankel

A 2011 movie directed by David Frankel.

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Review' 'The Big Year' 'Two Jews On Film' Thinks This Comedy Is Definitely For The Birds (Video)

  • Oct 13, 2011
What does a Fork tailed Flycatch, a Yellow Crested Finch and a Pink Footed Goose have in common with Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin? They are all in a new comedy called 'The Big Year', directed by David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada)

The Big Year refers to a real life competition where birders (people who are obessed with our feathery friends) race to see, who can spot the most species of birds, within a calender year.

Sounds exciting? Well if it does, then this is the film for you to see.

When 'The Big Year' begins, we meet three very different men...who share the same dream...to win this competition.

Stu Preissler (Steve Martin)is a very sucessful businessman, who founded his own company. Now, Stu wants to retire to his beautiful home in the woods of Colorado with his wife, Edith(JoBeth Williams) Stu's had it with the corporate rat race. Unfortunately, just when he thought he was out, they (Stu's business associates, Kevin Pollak and Joel McHale) keep pulling him back in...

Brad Harris (Jack Black) is a discontented, code-writer (aren't they all) who hates his job. All Harris wants, is to be the best bird-watcher he can be.

And finally, there's Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) a very successful contractor, who holds the record of having seen 732 different species of birds in the course of one calendar year. Kenny equates his title to that of Joe DiMaggios's 56 game hitting streak. Bostick will do anything and everything to hold onto his title..even if it means screwing up his marriage to the lovely, Jessica (Rosamind Pike).

Okay, so to sum up...We have three men who are passionate about birds...lots of male bonding...even some female, male bonding and of course...birds...beautiful, colorful and expressive birds. And I mustn't forget the incredible scenery. 'The Big Year' was shot was shot in Tofino, Osoyoos, Whistler, British Columbia, Upstate New York,Fire Island, Joshua Tree and the Florida Everglades.

Does all that add up to a super funny comedy? Not so much. But the film did make me chuckle several times.

I gave the film more bagels, of course, then John...but we weren't too far apart. Check out our video to see the final count.

'The Big Year' opens in theaters, Friday, October 14, 2011.

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Review' 'The Big Year' 'Two Jews On Film' Thinks This Comedy Is Definitely For The Birds (Video) Review' 'The Big Year' 'Two Jews On Film' Thinks This Comedy Is Definitely For The Birds (Video) Review' 'The Big Year' 'Two Jews On Film' Thinks This Comedy Is Definitely For The Birds (Video) Review' 'The Big Year' 'Two Jews On Film' Thinks This Comedy Is Definitely For The Birds (Video)

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October 14, 2011
I think I'll have to play the vid when I get home. I like Black, but his movie resume is a little uneven. I think I'll wait for this on dvd. Thanks for the review!
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review by . December 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
You'd think a movie, based on something as low key as birdwatching, would be a tough sell to Hollywood. Folks tramping around remote areas, waiting, watching, sipping from thermoses to catch a glimpse of a single bird, yeah, not real up there on the excitement meter. This film delivers a whole lot of laid back moments and not a single high speed chase. Well… maybe I need to rephrase that, there are no hostage situations or shoot outs.     Scenery and quirky characters abound. …
review by . February 13, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****    If you can get past the simplicity and the predictability of the screenplay; "The Big Year" could very well be a fun and entertaining, if not slightly forgettable diversion from the highs and lows of modern cinema. It never quite makes a contribution to either of the two. It exists on the backburner; I imagine it will be forgotten by the ones who admire it as well as the ones who don't. Hell, I liked it; and I can see myself forgetting all about it in a few …
review by . January 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The hubby and I watched The Big Year last night. With a cast that includes Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, who can resist? It was a decent movie and definitely worth seeing at least once. The acting was great and the plot was well thought out. It wasn't quite as funny as I was hoping for but there were some moments that I couldn't help but chuckle.     Disclosure: I received this movie for free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.
review by . October 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Unless I’m talking about garden variety birds like pigeons, sparrows, crows, turkeys, or chickens, I can say without any hesitation that I know zilch about bird watching – or birding, or whatever it is they call it. That being said, my issue with The Big Year had little to do with my lack of knowledge on the subject. It really had to do with the way the subject was presented. If a film is going to address an esoteric hobby, extra effort …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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