Pete And Brigette Review The Big Year


Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A film about “birders” competing to count the most birds in a calendar year.

Brigette: An up-close and personal look into the lives of birders.

Any particular reason for choosing this film?

Pete: I thought it would be funny.

Brigette: I watch every Jack Black film and I’m also a fan of Steve Martin and Owen Wilson so I figured, how could I go wrong?


Pete: Comedy?

Brigette: Mockumentary?

What did you think of the credit art?

Pete: The end credits were the highlight of the film.

Brigette: The end credits were somewhat interesting with Kenny Bostick’s Big Year birds flashing before your eyes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Brad Harris because he was the underdog.

Brigette: The birds because they delivered the best performances.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Kenny Bostick because he was arrogant.

Brigette: Kenny Bostick because as Brad Harris said, “Bostick had developed a technique perfected by devious birds like the skua. He let others do the grunt work and then seized the spoils.”

How was the casting?

Pete: Bewildering.

Brigette: The casting was deceptive. You’d think with 3 heavy weight comedians in one film you’d have at least one laugh.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? And if is took a while was it worth the wait?

Pete: Grabbed me early, but then I kept waiting for a heap of laughs but was let down rather severely.

Brigette: It grabbed me immediately and kept me waiting for the punchline the entire film. I’m still waiting.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “They’re men dear. If they ever stop competing, they die.”

Brigette: “Sometimes friendship, like birding, depends on luck. Blink and you miss it.”

What would you change?

Pete: Either the story or the cast.

Brigette: The fedoras. Especially Kenny Bostick’s paisley one.


How was the soundtrack?

We’ve added it to Spotify here: The Big Year

Pete: So-so.

Brigette: Great except that Viva La Vida was oddly placed in the film.

Would you watch it again?

Pete: Hell no!

Brigette: No way!

How was the ending?

Pete: A letdown and I never found out who came third.

Brigette: Predictably lame.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Winning isn’t everything…sometimes it can really hurt those that are close to you.

Brigette: Know what you want in life but don’t screw things up getting it.

Did you learn anything?

Pete: A bit about birds.

Brigette: The mating ritual of the bald eagle is pretty awesome.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Birders.

Brigette: People who have their priorities screwed up or like their comedians wooden.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal opportunity:
Steve Martin Won’t Eat His Cereal

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty)

Bridge Road’s Bling Bling IPA or something high in alcohol that you could get a buzz out of because you weren’t going to get it from the film.

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)

The log cabin’s staircase.

The Big Year arch feature

What would you be willing to sacrifice to be the best?


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