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A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 21 April 2013 (USA)
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David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Portnoy
... Donald Portnoy (as James LeGros)
... Juliana Santos
... Ellen Reeves
... Timmy Barsky
... Evelyn Reed
... Peter Nessbaum
... Rob Lindau
... Mr. Edbrook
Daniel Berger ... Scarsdale High School Capt (as Daniel G.S. Berger)
... Lawrence Konrad
... Eric
Jessica Perez ... Trish
... Jeff
... Trent


David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Written by Crossroads Films

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for language, sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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21 April 2013 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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When the four teenagers have stopped in the park to see a bird, David makes a "psh-psh-psh" noise. This sound, called "pishing", is often used by birders to attract birds to their location. See more »


When the teenagers have stopped in the park to look at a bird, we see an Eastern Towhee singing. In the next shot David points at a Downy Woodpecker and comments that it's replying to him, but at that point we hear a different type of bird singing. See more »

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In the closing credits, there is a Banvir Chaudhary and its misspelled version Banvir Shaudhary. See more »

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A smartly tender movie with a message
8 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's always a delight to see a story of just normal people being portrayed by fine actors. A that's what 'A Birder's Guide to Everything' offers for enjoyment.

The setting is a well heeled neighborhood and community with children that are focused and well educated. These 'teens' enjoy learning and seeking out the natural world around them. David Portnoy thinks he has discovered a long extinct duck. He consults Lawrence Konrad (an accomplished bird watcher) and Konrad encourages David to follow the migration of the duck. At this point we see friends go into the woods and not only discover the nature around them but the nature of their own personalities and the conflicts it can bring. These four teens are celebrating life while seeking the elusive duck.

In a pivotal scene the bird is discovered. In this scene death suddenly rears it hideous head and David suffers emotionally.

Now I do not know if this was intentional but one of the men (hunters) is prominently wearing a Christian cross. So here we have children celebrating life; religion suddenly interjects itself and death enters. Even the reason for killing the duck includes conflict and death. I think this is a wonderful subliminal message showing the evil profits of religion.

This is a fine and delightful film, beautifully photographed and scripted. You can't go wrong renting this one.

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