If not for anything else, the upcoming movie The Big Year should be entertaining just because it has a fantastic cast supporting it. It’s about three guys, each with a separate crisis — mid-life, work-life and no-life — that compete with each other in everything they do. It culminates — imagine it — at an annual bird spotting tournament. The trailer isn’t anything special; it presents the basic tropes of a movie that focuses on people discovering themselves and little else. Check it out and hope that, at a minimum, my first sentence holds true.
The Big Year stars Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Angelica Huston, Jim Parsons, JoBeth Williams, Kevin Pollak, Brian Dennehy, Tim Blake Nelson, Dianne Wiest, Corbin Bernsen and Anthony Anderson.
The Big Year spots in US theaters on October 14, 2011 and UK theaters on December 2, 2011.