The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey
Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) have been best friends for 30 years. At a young age, the two boys developed a magical friendship… in the sense that they both aspired to be come world-famous magicians. For decades, the deceptive duo dazzled audiences with their headline shows. But, over time, their act became outdated, old-fashioned, and lost its appeal with mainstream magic fans, largely thanks to a hot new performer named Steve Gray (Carrey). Gray’s controversial style of street magic had already won him over with the new generation of thrill seekers, but his influence begins to drive a wedge between Burt and Anton. As they struggle to keep up with the times, they also must struggle to hang on to their careers, which are slipping slowly, but surely, into obscurity.
The Story: Burt and Anton start out as a pair of sleazy, past-their-prime performers. They’re remarkably immature, they’re cheesy, they’re stiff on stage, and they’re completely disrespectful to women. (Sounds like a pretty typical comedy these days, doesn’t it?) As they pass through a turbulent time in the industry, they must eventually learn to work together to overcome the obstacles in their path and defeat their arch-nemesis. It’s a fairly cookie-cutter plot that probably took like a day and a half to write.
The Acting: Typical Steve Carell. Typical Jim Carrey. The guys do what they’re best at: playing a couple of childish bozos. When Steve Buscemi seems like a class act in comparison, you know something just ain’t right. Olivia Wilde is a breath of fresh air as the poor, abused magician’s assistant. Unfortunately for her, she got stuck in a role surrounded by a bunch of sexist perverts.
The Genre: If “Burt Wonderstone” is supposed to be a comedy, it’s not a very good one. Most of the funny moments were shown in commercials and the trailer, so this movie is only good for a couple small chuckles. It won’t have you rolling in the aisles and you won’t feel good for having watched it.
There is nothing overly incredible about Burt Wonderstone. Scratch that. His 80s mullet is incredible. But other than that, he and his misfit band of magicians are actually rather predictable. What is actually most wondrous about this movie is that Steve Carell hasn’t run out of sex jokes yet. (Does he honestly still think those are funny??) The entire Steve Gray gimmick is disgusting and weird. Why people continue to pay to see a bunch of grown men act like 12-year-olds is nearly unfathomable. Overall, the nicest way to put it is that “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” just isn’t very funny. If you haven’t Redboxed it or queued it up on Netflix, you’re really not missing much. And if you’ve had the sad misfortune of having seen the movie, you’re probably still Wondering why you even watched it in the first place. You may also be interested in: “Blades of Glory” (2007), “Anchorman” (2004), “Dodgeball” (2004).
DVD bonus features:
– Audio in English, French, Spanish
– Subtitles in English, French, Spanish
– No other bonus features available on rental version.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Directed by: Don Scardino
Running time: 100 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for “sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident, and language,” including typical Steve Carell sex jokes and potty humor, some instances of sexism, other miscellaneous crude humor, several moderately-offensive religious references, and one use of the F-word.
Costars Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr
DVD release date: June 25, 2013
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