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The Big Year (2011) Movie Reviews

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Daniel Corleone
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08/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Big Year review

Those expecting a barrel of laughs will be somewhat disappointed. Stu, Brad and Kenny (portrayed by Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson) meet accidentally while "birding.: Stu is a CEO, Brad a programmer and Kenny is the confident record holder for having the best year. Despite the success of the 3 leads in the comedy genre, they try their hand in a serious and light drama about bird wacthing. Had some nice quotes like "We both won. You know what I mean" from Brad or "I should have left years ago." Best line from Kenny - "Hitchcockian." Despite the lack of adequate humor, the picture shows spectacular cinematography, insightful facts about birding/certain birds and the capacity of Jack Black to play a sincere and heartwarming character. Angelica Huston was underutilized. The B...

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patjohnson76
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03/22/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Not as bad as was suggested

It's hard to write a bad review of this movie, mainly because it's clear a great deal of time was spent developing the story and characters in this film. Competitive bird watching is given the film treatment as Black, Martin, and Wilson all compete to try and see the most birds in one year. Each are facing their own difficulties and through their "big year" come to terms with what they've been running away from their entire life.

The biggest problem with this film is that the studio decided to try and push it as a comedy, when there's not much humor here, which is probably why the film wasn't successful. This film is a straight up drama with some humorous moments. Quite honestly, Jack Black has never been more tolerable as he's allowed to develop a character instead of doing stupid thi...

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10/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

For. The. Birds.

It’s been my experience that the ease of writing a movie review is directly proportional to just how bad the movie is: a really good movie can sometimes take me several days to formulate precisely the right words----a real stinker seems to bring out all the snarky comments I can muster, at light speed. After seeing ‘The Big Year’, if my theory is correct, I should be able to whip out this sucker in about 10 minutes.

The Good: What we have here is someone’s idea of taking the hobby of bird watching to the next level; the level of competitive bird watching. Yawn. Meet Stu, Brad and Kenny (played respectively by Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson)—three men whose lives, for reasons I have yet to comprehend, are so consumed with this hobby, that they are each willing to take an ...

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