The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Rated PG-13 100 minutes 2013

This movie feels like it should’ve come out in the ’80s, but it probably would’ve sucked then, too. Steve Carell stars as the title character, a Vegas magician who does a Siegfried & Roy-type show with his childhood friend and current stage partner (Steve Buscemi). Not only does Burt have a falling out with his partner, but he also gets stiff competition from a Criss Angel/David Blaine type played by Jim Carrey. Had the movie put the Carrey character as the focus, it probably would’ve been better. He gets a few good laughs as a human piñata and when he intentionally drills a hole in his head. But whenever the film deals exclusively with Burt’s fall from grace, it’s a straight-up dud. Olivia Wilde actually gets more laughs than Carell in this movie, so that’s a problem.

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Director: Don Scardino

Producer: Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Jake Weiner, Tyler Mitchell, Diana Pokorny, Vance DeGeneres, Charlie Hartsock, J.C. Spink, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter

Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek, Zachary Gordon, Richard Wolffe, Erin Burnett, Brad Garrett, David Copperfield, Fiona Hale, Sonya Eddy, Ron Ostrow and Joshua Erenberg


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