PG | | Comedy
Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.
Jim Parsons plays an avid bird blogger in this film. His character on The Big Bang Theory (2007) ironically has a serious phobia of birds.
On Screen Text:
This is a true story.
On Screen Text: Only the facts have been changed.
When they are at High Island, Texas, the audience sees the tallies for all three: Brad (296, 329), Stu (289, 320), Bostick (270, 310). This is likely an error in the counts as the core plot of the story is Stu and Brad trying to keep up with the maniacal Bostick, yet they are both ahead of him already. If this was not an error of the actual numbers, then it is an error in the plot line since it destroys the whole concept that Brad is the underdog.
This is similar to the numbers at Attu. Brad is at 534 and Bostick is at 537 and when they leave Brad has 627 to Bostick's 629. Again this destroys the sense that Brad is the underdog trying to keep up.
During the end credits, photos of every bird found by the winner are shown.
UK BluRay sports an Extended Cut of the film, adding a good six minutes of minor background information on the three main characters and special birds. It also replaces Jack Black's narration of the story with a new narration by John Cleese who also receives a credit in the opening title sequence.
$3,251,884 16 October 2011