"The Big Year" is a movie featuring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson 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.

Everyone is searching for something — and Stu Preissler (Steve Martin), Brad Harris (Jack Black) and Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) are determined to not only find their "something," but to be the very best at it. Like this intrepid, continent-trotting trio, most of us dream about being at the top — whether it be as the supreme athlete, the best-selling author, or maybe the award-winning artist. It can be anything, but ideally it's something you're passionate about.

For Stu, Brad and Kenny, that means being the world's greatest ... birder.

In "The Big Year," an extraordinary race becomes a transformative journey for wealthy industrialist Stu, computer code-writer Brad, and successful contractor Kenny, who race across the continent on a Big Year, a whirlwind competition to see who can spot the most species of birds in North America within one calendar year.

"The Big Year" filmed on locations in Tofino, Osoyoos, Whistler and Vancouver in British Columbia; the Dempster Highway in the Tundra of the Canadian Yukon territory; New York City, Upstate New York and Fire Island; Joshua Tree in California; and the Florida Everglades. The cast and crew completed something of a Big Year themselves, with all of the travel required to film more than 250 scenes on over a hundred different sets.

"The Big Year" is produced by Red Hour Films, Deuce Three and Sunswept Entertainment. The movie is directed by David Frankel from a screenplay by Howard Franklin, inspired by the book by Mark Obmascik. The producers are Karen Rosenfelt, Stuart Cornfeld, Curtis Hanson. The executive producers are Carol Fenelon, Ben Stiller and Jeremy Kramer. The co-producer is Brad Van Arragon.


Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 14, 2011
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
Co-Distributor: Fox 2000
Production Companies:
Red Hour Films
Deuce Three
Sunswept Entertainment

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