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THE BIG YEAR: Another Movie That’s for the Birds


Bird watchers facing late- mid- and no-life crises now compete to identify the most species in one year.

Release Date: October 14, 2011

The Big Year takes place in the world of competitive bird watching. Most of us, of course, have no clue whatsoever that there even is a world of competitive bird watching. You should know this film is a comedy, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

It’s loosely built around Mark Obmascik’s award-winning 2004 nonfiction book about 1988’s The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession. Again, we’re not kidding, this is a yearly competition where “birders” or bird enthusiasts travel North America and the prize goes to the person who spots the most rare birds. You should also know that Owen Wilson plays the record-holding champion.

Like we say, it’s a comedy. We may have to Smack this against The Bucket List, another film where the leads are trying to squeeze in that one life experience that really matters (even if it doesn’t really matter).


Meantime, here’s the trailer to The Big Year.


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