A Birder’s Guide to Everything


Sideways meets Stand by Me in this endearing story of friendship, family and a place in bird watching’s history books. On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Let Me In) spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen (Katie Chang, The Bling Ring), take off on a rollicking interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions both large and small. With marvelous supporting performances by James LeGros as David’s semi-oblivious father and Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley as an eccentric legend in the birding community, A Birder’s Guide to Everything is an alternately poignant and funny window into the thoughtful world of birding and the inner peace that can be discovered during a walk in the woods. Director Rob Meyer delivers a compelling feature film debut with a coming-of-age tale to warm the hearts of anyone who grew up with a nerdy passion. (Dir. by Rob Meyer, 2013, USA, 86 mins., Rated PG-13, Screen Media) Digital