The Big Year (2011)


The Big Year is a comedy starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Dustin Hoffman as three competitors in a bird watching competition. Competitors in a competition. I write like Hemingway.

The North American Big Year, which is fake as far as I know (i’m not looking it up. I refuse.)

Shit. It’s real. Yeah, I looked it up.

So the three freakoids are entering this competition, and have to contend with the weather, each other, their angry wives (wait, wives don’t support their husband’s bird watching fetish/hobby? Color me surprised) in order to win the competition. I’m betting that it’ll all come down to seeing one elusive bird. Who wants to bet me?

The Scoop

David Frankel is directing a screenplay by Howard Franklin. Franklin wrote the underrated The Man Who Knew Too Little, which I love because it’s Bill Freakin’ Murray. Frankel directed Marley and Me and The Devil Wears Prada. So this movie is going to blow donkey nuts.

Oh, and the movie is based on a novel by Mark Obmascik.


Who’s It For?

No rating yet, but I would guess PG-13.


None yet. I’ll just put up bird pictures.

Movie Release Date

October 14, 2011.

Who’s In It?

Owen Wilson
  Rashida Jones
  Jim Parsons
  Jack Black
  Rosamund Pike
  Steve Martin
  Kevin Pollak
  Anjelica Huston
  Dianne Wiest
  Anthony Anderson
  JoBeth Williams
  Joel McHale

Related Movies

I can’t think of any bird watching movies. So… Gattaca. And The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, and The Man Who Knew Too Little.

What’s Good About It?

Franklin wrote The Man Who Knew Too Little. Sure, it wasn’t Groundhog Day, and it was entirely carried by Bill Murray’s performance, but I still love it.

What’s Bad About It?

Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada, and crap in a turd sandwich. Oh, sorry, I was just charting the natural progression of those movies.

Our Clever Prediction

It’s hard to say. Honestly, I could see The Big Year doing well, as it’s coming out in October, so there won’t be a lot of comedy competition, and Jack Black can be funny at times, and Dustin Hoffman is criminally underused, so there’s a lot of potential for this. But it’ll still probably not do very well.