Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Big Year’

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Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'The Big Year'

Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin in “The Big Year” (Photo credit by Murray Close/Twentieth Century Fox)

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You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

(KCBS) – Jan Wahl reviews the comedy “The Big Year”, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike and Dianne Wiest.


“The Big Year” tells the story of three guys who are “birders,” men who search for boards on top of rooftops, trees, boats, whatever it takes! But this take it’s a real competition. Now there’s two elements that makes this film work, is the gorgeous cinemaphotography and all kinds of birds to which they really need to be seen. Plus three appealing actors and the look differently from each other! Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson…all different and they make the most of really slight script. But it truly is the birds that make it work! For this one, I give “2 1/2 hats!” Its gentle and it really celebrates birds

After this, I suggest “A Download Winged Migration,” a terrific “4-Hats Documentary” about the miracle and majesty of birds.

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