• The Big Year (2011)

The Big Year

Release Date: October 14th, 2011

DVD Release Date: January 31st, 2012

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Three men find that they have come to a turning point. Stu (Steve Martin) faces a late-life crisis, Kenny (Owen Wilson) is in the grip of a midlife crisis, and Brad (Jack Black) is wallowing in a no-life crisis. Determined to kick-start their stagnant lives, Stu, Kenny and Brad decide to enter a prestigious contest. During the course of one calendar year, the three friendly rivals criss-cross North America in a quest to count more species of birds than anyone else.

Cast: Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Anjelica Huston, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest

Director: David Frankel

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Red Hour Films, Sunswept Entertainment, Deuce Three Prods.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Friend, Wife, Competition, Rivalry, Friendship, Hilarious, Madcap, Transformation, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70

    Genial and mild, The Big Year doesn't give in to the temptation to juice up its story with outsized caricatures or inflated dramas. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The uniformly winning cast, led by Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, and the ultra-accessible touch provided by director David Frankel provide for a constant steam of gentle mirth, if not huge laughs. show more

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    With ambitions greater than comedy and results that fall short of character study, The Big Year is neither fish nor fowl. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com