||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from 6 votes
||Release: 10 April 2009 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama
||Director: Sean McGinly,
||Stars: Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Debra Monk, Emily Blunt, Griffin Dunne, Jacquie Barnbrook, John Malkovich, Jonathan Ames, Patrick Fischler, Paul Darricarrere, Ricky Jay, Steve Zahn, Terry Scannell, Tom Hanks, Wallace Langham
||Synopsis: When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime. Written by Anonymous
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This could be the story about so many "B" level celebrities, and is
based on the life story of the "Amazing Kresken," The Great Buck Howard
tells us that once you enter the field of entertainment, you might do
anything to stay on top.
Buck Howard (played wonderfully cheesy by John Malkovich) is a
"mentalist" who was popular on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show,"
appearing 61 times. He is a classic 70s Vegas magician, doing
fascinating tricks and metal feats of amazement. In all, he is a relic
of decades past, entertainment without special effects and he still
seems to think he is on top of the entertainment world.
Howard's career has has hit near the bottom, performing in such hotbeds
as Bakersfield, CA and Akron, OH in front of partially filled small
auditoriums. Still, he see's himself as a big time entertainer that is
just not getting the break he needs to get back on top (much of which
he blames on Jay Leno), in many ways he is a sad individual and does
not get that the only people who enjoy him are almost as sad as him.
The story is told through the eyes of his traveling secretary, played
by Colin Hanks, who is, himself, struggling with issues. He is battling
his desires to become famous with his fathers (played by his real dad
Tom Hanks)wish he become a lawyer. since he has no real talent (other
than writing)he is breaking into entertainment the only way he sees
This is a charming film, not something for those looking for action, a
major love story (a minor one occurs between Colin and the beautiful
Emily Blunt (best known as the 1st assistant in The Devil Wears Prada),
or some major personal victory, although in the end, Howard does find
what makes him happy.
This is a movie that likely describes the life of many "B" entertainers
that are seeking to stay in a limelight that has moved away from them.
it is simple and enjoyable.
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, Colin Hanks
, Debra Monk
, Emily Blunt
, Griffin Dunne
, Jacquie Barnbrook
, John Malkovich
, Jonathan Ames
, Patrick Fischler
, Paul Darricarrere
, Ricky Jay
, Steve Zahn
, Terry Scannell
, Tom Hanks
, Wallace Langham
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