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The Big Year (Extended Edition)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Frankel

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About the Movie

Get even more hilarious laughs in this special extended edition of The Big Year! Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson form a comic dream team in this smart, funny comedy from the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate “birder” by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price — and that’s not chicken feed!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 102
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like birding itself, "The Big Year" rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Oct 13, 2011

Rotten: Failing even to attempt genuinely humorous gags or scenarios, and incapable of conveying the thrill of its obsessive pastime or the majesty of the animals themselves, this feel-good male weepie remains comedically and dramatically grounded. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Oct 17, 2011

Rotten: Unfortunately, these comic geniuses are kept caged by the wan script and direction. The best gag in the film is the opening title card; the best joke, a throwaway by a day player. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Oct 17, 2011

Rotten: This movie stubbornly refuses to take flight, or generate more than a few chuckles. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Oct 14, 2011

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Customer Reviews

The Big Year

I really enjoyed this film. It opened my eyes to the whole birding world. I actually appreciated the actors playing a more realistic role rather than always being the laugh a minute comedians they are normally cast in. They are still wonderful actors and the story line had some good points to reinforce about life and it's choices.

The Big Year

Better than expected. Non-birders and people expecting a roaring comedy are going to be disappointed, but I liked it because the ending transcended the subject. 755 species in a single year in North America is stunning but, for Owen Wilson's character, it was a pyrrhic victory, because he sacrificed all personal relationships on the altar of his obsession. And even though Jack Black and Steve Martin came in second and third in the contest, they had much more fufilling personal relationships. Such is life. There is nothing you can get without giving up something...and there is nothing you can give, without getting something in return. Everything has its price. Maybe not in monetary terms, but there is a price you pay for everything. Victory and defeat...fortune and is just two sides of the same coin...and it is all relative. Victory in one area means defeat in another. The movie really brought this into sharp relief at the very end, which was a nice and unexpected touch.

The Big Year (Extended Edition)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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