The Big Year - A film about 3 dudes (played by Jack Black; Owen Wilson; and Steve Martin) who decide to go for a "big year". Basically, they want to be able to spot as many different bird species as possible within the span of... wait for it... a year. The standing record holder is Owen Wilson's character (Bostick, or something like that), who believes others are out to break said record, so he sets out again to compete with others. The other 2 main characters are moreso out for the thrill and personal accomplishment of it all.
You'd think with those 3 names, it would be ripe with comedy gold. Well, it is... sorta. It's actually a light hearted comedy-drama. Plays it safe. Nothing crazy or outright hilarious happens (not that it needs to). The film just sort of moves along. Don't get me wrong, though. It's not a bad or boring film by any means. There are funny moments; other moments that make you feel all warm and happy inside; and others yet that may tug on the ol' heart strings a little.
It is interesting to see and hear about the different bird species, and the scenery/locations where they shot the film are beautiful. Overall, I enjoyed it. It's one of those I wouldn't be scrambling to see, but if it came on TV, or a buddy asked me to watch it with him/her, I'd gladly do so.
Based upon the reviews and ratings out there, I was expecting it to be a terrible film. I think that's just a result of the reactions of sheeple that were looking for the typical loud sounds; flashing lights; and scandalous plot lines.