main idea: Sometimes the cost of pursuing your dream costs you much more than expected.

In this little known comedy starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, this trio (along with hundreds of others) pursue The Big Year (to see the most birds within 1 year). Each of them sacrifice a lot to pursue this dream. Stu (Steve Martin) goes into retirement from his successful business and his family lets him go. Brad (Jack Black) spends every cent he has in this pursuit. Bostick (Owen Wilson) puts his marriage on hold and even his wife’s desire for a baby. (SPOILER ALERT) At the end of the year, Bostick wins. However, he loses his marriage. Stu rediscovers his main pursuit isn’t really the birds or even his work … it’s his family especially his wife. Brad eventually starts a relationship with a fellow birder and actually draws closer to his parents.

We all have dreams. Some are worth pursuing; others are really just selfish desires. The question is, is it worth pursuing those dreams? Because, no matter what they are, you need to sacrifice something. (Maybe that really shows the true desires of your heart.)

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