Overall Rank: 5041
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 36
Theatrical Release Date: 10/14/2011
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/31/2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: David Frankel
Actors: Jim Parsons, Owen Wilson, Rosamund Pike, Jack Black, Rashida Jones, Steve Martin
Plot: Three competitors face off in a prestigious annual event: birdwatching to catch site of the rarest specimens in North America. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/03/2019
Although not unpleasant, it never tries to be funny or even give itself a reason for being.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/17/2012
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 …
patjohnson76 - wrote on 03/22/2012
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 …
trophywife - wrote on 10/27/2011
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 …
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