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Character: Jessica
Directed by: David Frankel
Written by: Mark Obmascik (novel), Howard Franklin
Produced by: Stuart Cornfeld, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Jeffrey Harlacker, Jeremy Kramer, Karen Rosenfelt, Ben Stiller, Regina Taufen, Brad Van Arragon
Other cast: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, John Cleese, Jack Black, Joel McHale, Rashida Jones
Release date: October 14, 2011 (U.S.) | December 2, 2011 (U.K.)
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 100 min

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?


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Reviews

“This film may not do for birds what Frankel’s last film, Marley & Me, did for dogs, but there’s a similar current of warmth and appreciation for the effect of animals on people to be felt.”
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“Even if The Big Year doesn’t entirely jell, it’s a movie that’s too charming to dislike.”
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

Triva

• Steve Martin wrote much of the music in his 2011 album, “Rare Bird Alert” (Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers), while on the set for this movie.

• Steve Carell and Dustin Hoffman were both attached to star at one point.

• The film’s cast includes two Oscar winners: Dianne Wiest and Anjelica Huston, and two Oscar nominees: Rosamund Pike and JoBeth Williams.

Awards & Nominations

Won Guild of Music Supervisors Awards – Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Over 20 Million Dollars
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