Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson form "a comic dream team" (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) in this smart, funny comedy from the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate "birder" by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price — and that's not chicken feed!
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A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.
The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same.
Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight.
A genial comedy with more power under its wings than it seems. This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.
This gently charming comedy about a trio of birders is based on a winning premise, likable performances and stunning natural vistas.
There is some harmless pleasure to be found when feathers aren't ruffled, when the fowl is not foul.
Like birding itself, "The Big Year" rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves.