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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Jul 2, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Don Scardino

Actors:
Steve Carell
Jim Carrey
Steve Buscemi

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A disgraced Las Vegas magician (Carell) tries to reclaim his glory and end the career of an over-the-top street performer (Carrey).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
David Copperfield got his start as “Davino the Boy Magician.” Lance Burton performed for his neighbors. Burt Wonderstone learned to pull pennies out of his nose.

Years later, Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and his partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), become famous magicians at Bally’s in Las Vegas. After a decade performing the same acts, their “magical friendship” comes to a halt after Wonderstone’s ego starts to take center stage—and with hair like that, who can blame him?

Enter street performer and the host of Brain Rapist, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), who is taking Wonderstone’s audience by staging mental feats like holding his urine for 12 days, which apparently passes as amusement in the Entertainment Capital of the World. With the help of his idol (Alan Arkin), Wonderstone tries to get his act together and get his name back on the marquee.

Where The Incredible Burt Wonderstone lacks verbal jokes, it tries to make up in sight humor, here done with goofy haircuts/facial hair and silly voices (which just aren’t enough to grab consistent laughs, no matter what Will Ferrell tries to tell you). Despite a handful of funny bits (like Wonderstone’s trip to the nursing home), there is little in the movie, directed by TV veteran Don Scardino and written by Horrible Bosses’ team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein, that will tickle you anymore than what was shown in the trailers.

The greatest flaws come in the leads. No matter how much you may like Carell and Carrey (and I certainly do), it’s gotten to the point where it’s impossible to deny that the former is a disappointing leading man and Carrey is past his prime. Here is a concept that may have worked better about a decade ago, when The Office was first airing, Carrey was on his second comedic wind and Daly and Goldstein hadn’t yet ventured into screenwriting.

THE EXTRAS
Steve Gray UNCUT (8:33): Street magician Gray performs a few stunts for his show, Brain Rapist.

Making Movie Magic with David Copperfield (8:03): The famed illusionist discusses his role in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and the Hangman trick featured in the movie.

Gag Reel (4:08) offers a collection of cast flubs.

Deleted Scenes & Alternate Takes (26:23): There are 15 here: “Rise to Fame,” “Burt and Anton Breakfast,” “Alternate Intro,” “Future of Their Act,” “Steve Gray Holding It In,” “Crowd Loves Burt,” “Burt Riffs on the Box,” “Burt Leaves His Suite,” “Burt Scarf Flosses,” “Burt Travels to Jungle,” “Steve Gray Drill Stunt Extended,” “Burt Propositions Nicole – Alt Takes,” “Burt Doesn’t’ Like Bed – Alt Takes,” “Nursing Home Extended,” and “Alternate Ending.”

Also included are a DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may have been a better movie 10 years ago, when Carell was taking off, Carrey was on his second wind and the writing team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein hadn’t entered the movie business. Special features include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette with David Copperfield.
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12:56AM on 07/02/2013
It was formula from start to finish but at the end, I still found myself relatively entertained. For some reason, I found the title of Steve Gray's show to be a pretty amusing riff on "Mindfreak". There's a bit of old-school charm in it I guess, but I do agree that it doesn't mine the potential the premise has.
It was formula from start to finish but at the end, I still found myself relatively entertained. For some reason, I found the title of Steve Gray's show to be a pretty amusing riff on "Mindfreak". There's a bit of old-school charm in it I guess, but I do agree that it doesn't mine the potential the premise has.
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9:03AM on 07/02/2013
I think Carell works fine in leads, but it needs to be smaller indie roles. He's quite good then.
I think Carell works fine in leads, but it needs to be smaller indie roles. He's quite good then.
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9:43AM on 07/02/2013
Carrell is a great leading man, even when his movies are lackluster. I don't care what people say, 'Date Night' is amazing and he's brilliant in ' Dan In Real Life'.
Carrell is a great leading man, even when his movies are lackluster. I don't care what people say, 'Date Night' is amazing and he's brilliant in ' Dan In Real Life'.
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11:25AM on 07/02/2013
Huge fan of Date Night. Carell and Tina Fey had very good chemistry and their improvisation was hilarious. It actually managed to be pretty exciting at times too, that taxi chase is just fantastic.
Huge fan of Date Night. Carell and Tina Fey had very good chemistry and their improvisation was hilarious. It actually managed to be pretty exciting at times too, that taxi chase is just fantastic.
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