‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ is for the birders

From left: Michael Chen, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
From left: Michael Chen, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.screen Media Films

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In the under-populated annals of birding movies, “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” counts as a rare sighting because it actually gets the birds right. It’s the humans who are hard to identify.

A coming-of-age comedy-drama about David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee of “Let Me In”), a shy teenage birding fanatic who have spotted an extinct species, “Guide” is as sweet as pie. Also blandly written, acted, and directed, with strained attempts at raucous teen comedy and a general predictability in its story line. You’ve seen it all before, but maybe your young life-lister hasn’t, in which case it’s worth a look.

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