In "The Big Year," three fanatical bird-watchers (Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black) spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the United States. However, they quickly discover that there are more important things than coming out on top of the competition.
Stu Preissler (Martin) plays a successful businessman,He wants to retire in the woods of Colorado with his wife because he's had it with the corporate rat race. Unfortunately, just when he thought he was out, his business associates keep pulling him back in.
Brad Harris (Black) is an unhappy, code-writer who hates his job. All he wants is to be the best bird-watcher he can be.
And then there's Kenny Bostick (Wilson), a contractor who holds the record of having seen 732 different species of birds in one calendar year. Bostick will do anything and everything to hold onto his title, even if it means screwing up his marriage.
Director David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Marley and Me") teamed with screenwriter Howard Franklin to adapt author Mark Obmascik's 1998 book of the same name.