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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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Vicki
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Birder's Daughter (as Eva Allan)
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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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Comedy

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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  »

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Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Trivia

Jim Parsons plays an avid bird blogger in the film. His character on The Big Bang Theory has a serious phobia of birds. See more »

Goofs

From their location on the Oregon Coast, Fuchs recommends a hotel on Highway 101, half way to Mount Shasta. Highway 101 runs along the California Coast. Mount Shasta is in the middle of Northern California, on Interstate Five. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Brad Harris: There is going to be major fallout in a few hours.
Bill Clemont: Nuclear fallout?
Brad Harris: Bird fallout.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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Viva La Vida
Written by Will Champion (as William Champion), Chris Martin (as Christopher Martin), Guy Berryman and Jon Buckland (as Jonathan Buckland)
Performed by Coldplay
Courtesy of Capitol Records/EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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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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