22 user 34 critic

A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 21 April 2013 (USA)
2:09 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

David Portnoy, a fifteen-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 ... See full summary »


Rob Meyer
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A restless teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence of his father.

Director: Michael James Johnson
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, Isabelle Fuhrman
War Story I (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A war photographer who recently endured a brutal detainment in Libya holes up in Sicily to come to terms with her ordeal, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor. Soon she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Jackson
Stars: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Ben Kingsley
Death Watch (2013)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A terrorist plants several bombs throughout the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless prisoners are released.

Director: Chandran Rutnam
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Ben Cross, Patrick Rutnam
Matching Jack (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

Director: Nadia Tass
Stars: Jacinda Barrett, Richard Roxburgh, Tom Russell
Dead Europe (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In Greece to scatter his father's ashes, Isaac hears of a curse that hangs over the head of his family. Dismissing the idea, his trip begins to unveil dark truths that forced his father to flee years ago.

Director: Tony Krawitz
Stars: Ewen Leslie, William Zappa, Danae Skiadi
Boots (2015)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A teenager recounts a terrible night in the city where he ends up drunk and unhappy at a 24 hour diner. There, he has an encounter with a sweet, inviting family that leaves him feeling a little less lonely.

Director: Alex Wolff
Stars: Alex Wolff, Claudia Bellanca, Chris Clavelli
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One of the greatest travellers in human history, twenty-one-year-old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost thirty years later.... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Neibaur
Stars: Chems-Eddine Zinoune, Hassam Ghancy, Essam Edriss
10,000 Saints (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Set in the 1980s, a teenager from Vermont moves to New York City to live with his father in East Village.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1969, the Holden Caulfield-obsessed Jamie Schwartz runs away from boarding school to find the reclusive author J.D. Salinger. Inspired by actual events, Jamie's search is a journey into the meaning of friendship, love and loss.

Director: James Steven Sadwith
Stars: Alex Wolff, Stefania LaVie Owen, Chris Cooper
Slow West (2015)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

Director: John Maclean
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki
Glassland (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set in Dublin, 'Glassland' tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.

Director: Gerard Barrett
Stars: Toni Collette, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor
Of Dogs and Men I (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Of Dogs and Men explores the lengths people will go to change their station in life, and whether the path to survival is to betray-or to adopt the traits of-the monsters who feed them.

Director: Avan Jogia
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Ben Kingsley, Landon Liboiron


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... David Portnoy
James Le Gros ... Donald Portnoy (as James LeGros)
Daniela Lavender ... Juliana Santos
Katie Chang ... Ellen Reeves
Alex Wolff ... Timmy Barsky
Zandi Holup ... Evelyn Reed
Michael Chen Michael Chen ... Peter Nessbaum
Tobias Campbell ... Rob Lindau
Joel Van Liew ... Mr. Edbrook
Daniel Berger Daniel Berger ... Scarsdale High School Capt (as Daniel G.S. Berger)
Ben Kingsley ... Lawrence Konrad
Adam Barrie ... Eric
Jessica Perez Jessica Perez ... Trish
Ethan Cohn ... Jeff
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe ... Trent


David Portnoy, a fifteen-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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Find your reason to fly.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official Blog | Official Facebook | See more »





Release Date:

21 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criando Asas See more »

Filming Locations:

Somers, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The Labrador Duck is, in fact, an extinct species. See more »


The sign at the entrance to the park misspells its name. The correct name of the park is Cockaponset State Forest. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Enjoyable adventure with some laughs
10 October 2016 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

The movie begins with home movies of David and his mother bird watching. These home movies show up occasionally.

In New York state, David's mother died a year ago and his father Donald is marrying her nurse Juliana. David is not happy about this.

David continues to enjoy bird watching, and he's a talented artist as well. And of course he draws birds. His father's interest in birds involves killing them; he runs a small chain of fast food restaurants.

David's best friend Timmy likes Evelyn, who is beautiful but may just like Timmy because he does her math homework.

Timmy, David and Peter are members of the high school's bird watching club. In fact, one girl has quit and the guy who joined because he wanted to be with her is kicked out. So the three guys are the only ones left. How to increase membership?

While riding his bike, David sees a duck he thought was extinct. He quickly takes a picture with inferior equipment, but the photo is not good enough to confirm what kind of bird he saw. He and the others consult Dr. Konrad, a bird expert. He gives them advice, including a prediction that the bird is migrating and will stop at a certain lake in Connecticut. David secretly plans a road trip with the guys that his father wouldn't approve of--especially since David could be late for the wedding.

David asks Ellen for the key to the photo lab, and when Ellen discovers a special lens missing, she finds David and asks that it be returned. But when the guys explain, she agrees to let them keep it--IF she gets to go along AND take the special photo.

And so the adventure begins. The kids need a car but only Peter is a licensed driver, and he's kind of a nerd and very nervous. Up until now he has been very confident and very logical. Timmy's cousin Eric has a car and he doesn't actually agree to let the boys borrow it. And are those drugs in the car? And who are those people in the van with the guns? Are they the people Eric is selling drugs for? And how did Evelyn get involved?

The adventure includes laughs, arguments, serious discussions and even some danger. The kids learn a lot about each other and about life. And, yes, we see some birds too, and we hear them. This time they are not just background sounds. David knows the birds by the sounds they make. The scenery is great too.

The big questions: Will the kids find the previously extinct bird? Will it in fact be the bird David thought it was? Will there be a romance? And will David make it to the wedding?

This is a pleasant enough story, with apparently intelligent writing about birds and about life as teenagers. Alex Wolff is the standout actor here, if you don't count Sir Ben Kingsley. More about him later. But Timmy is a great character. And Katie Chang makes quite a contribution also. Ellen has a nice personality and is smart, but she has had trouble making friends because she moves a lot.

Kodi Smit-McPhee does a good job of being an ordinary kid, and is most effective when David has to show grief.

Ben Kingsley makes the most of what turns out to be a small role, but his first scene is not the only one. He really shows his ability later. This isn't the type of movie you would expect him to be in, but his presence adds to the movie.

Is this is good clean family film? Not quite. There is some sex talk and some words make it to broadcast TV that younger kids shouldn't hear, though others have multiple meanings and must therefore be all right. When I saw this, fairly often, the sound went out and a character's mouth was blurred. One word in particular was actually used twice (though I heard a P once before the rest of the word was bleeped), once in subtitles when the guys were speaking Latin, and not to refer to a cat. But I don't think the revelation that Donald Trump used the word in a more vulgar way had any influence on the censors. I think they did their job long before the news about the Donald.

I didn't care for most of the music (but of course this a film for teens), but the guys do like classical music, and several scenes involving the grownups, including the wedding, had jazz that would have fit perfectly in the great Woody Allen movie set in 1940 that I saw the same weekend I saw this.

It's a worthy effort.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed