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  • Actors: Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Alex Wolff, Ben Kingsley, Katie Chang, Michael Chen
  • Directors: Rob Meyer
  • Writers: Rob Meyer, Luke Matheny
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IY7GNFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Bonus Features: Director Commentary, Behind the Scenes, Anatomy of a Scene, Bird Song Hero

Customer Reviews

Great movie, uplifting and smart.
Mr James
A great indie film, and one of the best two movies about birdwatching ever made - the other is "The Big Year" of course.
A. Sussell
Unfortunately, the story didn't fully materialize.
K. Franke Hill

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Sussell on May 4, 2014
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A great indie film, and one of the best two movies about birdwatching ever made - the other is "The Big Year" of course. Great character development, and a touching coming-of-age story with a strong story line. Ben Kingsley is fantastic and the younger actors do a great job; they are totally believable. Birdwatchers will love the story, and will understand the passion the kids have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Rogers on June 2, 2014
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This is the rare contemporary movie that is both thoughtful enough and sufficiently well crafted for adults to enjoy and also appropriate for children (preteens and up; there is some parent-child conflict and a little bit of teenage flirting that may not be appropriate for younger children, especially for unattended viewing). There's so much here: It's about the families we're born with and the family we choose; it's about grief; it's about finding or recovering passion, both for young people just awakening to the adult world and for adults wearied by life; it's about integrity; it's about sons and fathers at the threshold of adulthood. And, yes, it's about birding, possibly the most faithful account of birding ever put to film. Which all sounds much to serious: The film is by turns laugh-out-loud hilarious and sweetly earnest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on July 17, 2014
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“A Birder’s Guide to Everything” is an unassuming little charmer about a quartet of teenaged ornithologists who go in pursuit of a duck long believed to be extinct by experts in such matters. But, as the title itself suggests, “birding” is about a whole lot more than just seeking out and categorizing rare birds; it’s about friendship, camaraderie, first love, learning to let go and growing up.

Kodi Smit-McPhee plays David Portnoy, a high school boy who’s having trouble coming to terms with the death of his beloved mother a year-and-a-half ago, a renowned ornithologist herself who instilled an intense love for birds in her son that he carries with him to this very day. His grieving process is not being helped by the fact that his father (James Le Gros) is slated to marry the nurse (Daniela Lavender) who took care of his mother in her dying days. David rebels in the only way a non-troublemaking, bird-obsessed boy really can - by piling into a “borrowed” car with his equally bird-obsessed buddies and going off through the woods of Upstate New York to prove the world wrong about that aforementioned duck.

Written by Luke Matheny and Rob Meyer and directed by Meyer, “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” is filled with humor, warmth, and winning performances by Alex Wolff and Michael Chen as David’s lifelong pals, as well as Katie Chang as the initially skeptical but sufficiently open-minded fellow student who joins the boys in their quest. Ben Kingley also gets in on the fun as a professional ornithologist who worked with David’s mother and has a few words of wisdom to impart to the mourning lad on the eve of his dad‘s nuptials.

Along with some dazzling scenery, “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” manages to drive home a few basic truths - like it really is okay to march to the beat of your own drum - with its deceptively simple tale of a boy and his birds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave MAgpiong on September 26, 2014
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A Birders Guide to Everything is not for everyone. It's only for people with a heart, a funny bone, or even a passing interest in nature. Well, maybe it is for just about everyone. The following review must come in two parts to be accurate.

Our entire family enjoyed this movie - twice in the theater and right now on DVD. (Kids laughing at another scene as I type!) The story itself is well-crafted and timeless. A young man faces difficult aspects of growing up and in the process learns a lot about himself and life in general. The teen cast delivers performances beyond their years. In each of them, you will see a reflection of many kids from your high school class. While the young stars more than hold their own, Ben Kingsley steals one of the scenes with a powerful performance. Again, anyone that enjoys a nice indie film should grab this movie for sure!

If you are a birder, this is an absolutely MUST HAVE on your DVD shelf. Despite a nice handful of birding movies that have been released, no movie has ever depicted birders/birding as well as A Birder's Guide to Everything. Writer/director Rob Meyer has captured the essence of being a birder and the excitement of a rarity chase. without lampooning us. There is a wonderful birding scene that is just a tad short of birding perfection on the screen. Kenn Kaufman and Morgan Tingley assisted in ensuring a realistic portrayal of birding.

Furthermore, this film is a great introduction to birding for your non-birding friends and family!!

* - Some language, a few sexual references, and very brief nudity. Be forewarned before watching with little kids.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Reyes on May 28, 2014
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This movie was filmed on the Beautiful land of Teatown Lake Reservation and it's surroundings, great movie I give it a ten stars.
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"I think I may have found an extinct duck." David Portnoy (Smit-Mcphee) is your typical high school bird watcher. He spends all his free time outside looking for any type of bird he can find which also keeps him away from his dad's new fiancé who he doesn't approve of. While out one day he thinks he spots an extinct species of duck. When him and his friends take the picture to famous birder Lawrence Konrad (Kingsley) they become more excited when he doesn't disagree with the findings. They decide to take a weekend trip to where they think the duck went to verify what they found, the same weekend as his father's wedding. Going into this I had the same reaction 90% of people will have, a movie about bird watching...super fun. Even though I liked The Big Year I still wasn't all that excited about watching this. Once again though I ended up liking this more then I expected to. The movie was more of a coming of age movie then another Big Year type movie. I was surprised with how much I liked this and I do recommend this. Overall, a mix of Kings Of Summer, Way Way Back and Sasquatch Gang with a dash of Napoleon Dynamite . I give this a B+.
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