[ONE WEEK ONLY] In Rob Meyer’s A Birder’s Guide to Everything
, we meet David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a lanky, awkward 15-year-old. He’s also crazy about birds. That’s why he and two of his equally awkward, avian-obsessed friends head out in a stolen car on the eve of David’s dad’s wedding in search of an extinct duck. It’s a classic coming-of-age quest in the style of Stand by Me
, just without a dead boy, far less cussing and a lot more skyward gazes. David’s bird hunt is more than just an act of rebellion against his father, with whom he has a strained relationship—it’s a search for meaning after the recent death of his mother, who was also an avid birder. During their quest, the boys take risks, test friendships (at one point, they nearly kill their asthmatic buddy) and stumble through pubescent hormones and teenybopper crushes. Ben Kingsley’s performance as Lawrence Konrad, an ornithologist who joins the boys in their quest, is honest and convincing, while the three young actors who play the birders have enough natural klutziness, angst and teen-boy wit to make this a charming and easy-to-watch film.
Clinton Street Theater