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The Big Year (2011)

PG | | Comedy | 14 October 2011 (USA)
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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.

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Birder's Daughter (as Eva Allan)
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Storyline

In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of birds as possible in a calendar year. Three men pursue the Birder of the Year title: Kenny Bostick, who's seen a record 732 in a past big year, Stu Preissler, newly retired, and Brad Harris, who narrates the story. Life gets in the way: Bostick's wife wants a baby, Stu's firm needs him for sensitive negotiations, and Brad, divorced and underemployed at 36, has an encouraging mom and a disapproving dad. They criss-cross the continent (including a trip to Alaska's westernmost island), follow migration patterns, and head for storms that force birds to ground. Who will win, at what cost, and with what rewards? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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14 October 2011 (USA)  »

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O Grande Ano  »

Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,251,884 (USA) (14 October 2011)

Gross:

$7,204,138 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve Carell and Dustin Hoffman were both attached to star at one point. See more »

Goofs

Many of the autumn shots (October, November) are shown with all the trees and other vegetation in full summer foliage. See more »

Quotes

On Screen Text: [first lines, the text that appears on screen] This is a true story.
On Screen Text: Only the facts have been changed.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, photos of every bird found by the winner are shown. See more »

Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva la Vida
Written by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland (as Jonathan Buckland), Will Champion (as William Champion) and Chris Martin *as Christopher Martin)
Written by , Christopher Martin, Guy Berryman and
Performed by Coldplay
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Highly Underrated
23 January 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, but I've to say that people's taste in movies is getting worse by the year. They seem to give high ratings to mindless movies and fail to appreciate the good ones.

The Big Year is a beautiful drama-comedy picture, starring 4 of my favorite comedians - Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Jim Parsons.

It is a touching and heart warming story, which has it's comic points and showcases most valuable life lessons - family coming first, the price people pay for being the greatest in any field, choosing between priorities etc.

It's a wonderful effort and it deserves a watch, and the a minimum 8 star rating.


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