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A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)



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David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), 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. (c) Official Site
PG-13 (for language, sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity)
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Ben Kingsley
as Lawrence Conrad
James LeGros
as Donald Portnoy
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as David Portnoy
Alex Wolff
as Timmy Barsky
Katie Chang
as Ellen Reeves
Michael Chen
as Peter Nussbaum
Daniela Lavender
as Juliana Santos
Ethan Cohn
as Jeff
Stephen Kunken
as Ted Portnoy
Ira Hawkins
as Judge
Zandi Holup
as Evelyn Reed
Andy Prosky
as Carl Senior
Tobias Campbell
as Rob Lindau
Tracy Bundy
as Dorothy Portnoy
Samara Amat
as Cute Teen Girl
Will Laguzza
as Young David Portnoy
Joel Van Liew
as Mr. Edbrook
Sam Kiernan
as Miguel
Daniel M. Berger
as Catapult Team Captain
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

It actually gets the birds right. It's the humans who are hard to identify.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Boston Globe
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The trek through the serene, beautiful woods highlights the banter between the quartet as truths are unveiled and friendships strengthened. The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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That very rare thing, a movie about teenagers where the characters actually seem like real teenagers, as opposed to mini posing adults.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
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David and his friends are well-drawn portraits of innocents at an excruciatingly awkward age.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
New York Times
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What's there hits the mark, so much so that I'll confess this one left me misty-eyed.

March 20, 2014
Seattle Times
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Though it's hardly an odd duck, "A Birder's Guide to Everything" has its own sweet call.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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A sweet and sentimental adventure. There's a lot to love about A Birder's Guide To Everything even if it does feel like a young adult novel adapted into a movie.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Bird enthusiast David Portnoy is stuck in a boring and tense lifestyle with his father, who is getting remarried to a woman he doesn't particularly like. So naturally, he takes his crew of misfit friends and goes into the wilderness searching for a bird that is supposed to be extinct. Along the way he finds love and understanding of many confusing aspects of life. With charming lead characters and a deeper plot than you would initially expect, this indie coming-of-age movie is worth a watch.

David Jin
David Jin

Sweet and witty, #abirdersguidetoeverything is a great way to spend an afternoon. With strong performances from McPhee and his crew, as well as a great supporting cast, Birder's is a film about letting go of the past and embracing reality.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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