Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black in The Big Year trailer

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

As both a movie fan and a fan of standup comedy, I believe Steve Martin is the most frustrating entertainer working today.  Even after multiple listens, I can pop in his ‘Let’s Get Small’ comedy album and laugh hard for 45 minutes.  But it’s really, really hard to find a movie that he’s seriously funny in.  For every THREE AMIGOS, there’s a dozen PINK PANTHER-ish films.  But the guy is absolutely hilarious and even though I’ve suffered through a ton of bad films, I still consider him one of the funniest people of all time.  Unfortunately, it looks like his latest effort, THE BIG YEAR, might be another tough film to get through.

Along with Martin, the film stars Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Rosamund Pike, Anjelica Huston, Joel McHale, Rashida Jones, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Tim Blake Nelson, Brian Dennehy and Corbin Bernsen.  Yes, it has a great, great cast, but the trailer just isn’t funny.  Maybe making a film about three friends that go over the top on “competitive bird watching” wasn’t such a good idea after all.  David Frankel is directing the film that hits theaters on October 14th.

Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin in The Big Year

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