Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 88 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. There’s some cursing, banter and crass jokes about sex among teens, the death of a parent, a baggie of what teens initially and concernedly think is drugs but isn’t, a woman accidentally flashing a teen with one bare breast, a first kiss between teenagers, and the death of an animal. All the elements of a fairly typical outcast-kid-coming-of-age tale.
‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ follows in the vein of coming-of-age films for awkward protagonists, like last year’s ‘The Kings of Summer’ and ‘The Way, Way Back.’ But ‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ has more clichés than strengths, meaning it doesn’t resonate as deeply as it should.
By Roxana Hadadi
Outcast kid has an interest not shared by one of his parents. The other parent is out of the picture. The outcast kid has only a few friends, and starts up an awkward fascination with a pretty girl. He’s obsessed with one thing, whether it’s his concept of manliness or a secret job or an unexpected hobby. But no matter what, by the end of the movie, he’ll be accepted by his family and his peers. You know this movie—it was last years “The Kings of Summer” and “The Way, Way Back,” and it’s this spring’s “A Birder’s Guide to Everything.” The story is familiar, and the execution isn’t that great.