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The Big Year
The Big Year

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Steve Martin, Jack Black
Oct 14, 2011
PG, 1 hr. 40 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Anjelica Huston, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, JoBeth Williams, Anthony Anderson
Director: David Frankel
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Comedy
Theater Release: Oct 14, 2011
DVD Release: Jan 31, 2012
Synopsis: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads -- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. -- (C) 20th Century Fox

Critic Reviews

  • Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
    The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it.
  • Nick Schager, Village Voice
    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.
  • Richard Brody, New Yorker
    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.
  • Laremy Legel,
    A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    What a waste that three of our finest actors are utilized as glorified bit players in such an instantly disposable comedy.
  • Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
    The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same.
  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    People watching birds is a nice thing. People watching a movie about people watching birds is sort of a snore.
  • Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
    Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight.
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    You doubt that even the people making it enjoyed it. A better title would be "The Big Yawn."
  • Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    It's nice to watch a comedy that doesn't screech or foul the nest, but "The Big Year" is no big deal.
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