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Great Buck Howard

3 Ratings: 2.7
A movie directed by Sean McGinly

As Buck Howard (John Malkovich) explains in Sean McGinly's funny valentine to the talk show mainstays of yesteryear, he's a mentalist, not a magician. Unlike the brooding protagonists ofThe IllusionistandThe Prestige, Howard doesn't do Harry … see full wiki

Director: Sean McGinly
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 20, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
3 reviews about Great Buck Howard
review by . March 06, 2010
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD is a charming, breezy, fairly family-friendly movie with a nice cast and an almost old-fashioned vibe. It's far from a great movie, and yet it has a quirky originality that makes it worth a look.    Buck Howard (John Malkovich) is a mentalist. In fact, his act is based on The Amazing Kreskin, the hypnotist/mentalist/magician who frequently appeared on Johnny Carson and other talk shows like that. Buck is a fading star however, playing to half-empty theaters …
review by . August 29, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I'm not a huge John John Malkovich fan, but this seems like one of those rare occasions when actor and role seem perfectly matched to produce an entertaining movie. Malkovich plays Buck Howard, a failing magician loosely based on the Amazing Kreskin. Malkovich's character is both corny and charming. He undergoes a transformation from being frustrated with his fate of performing for small-town America, to finding the his big break didn't necessarily bring him what he most needed. Meanwhile, Colin …
review by . August 24, 2009
The Great Buck Howard is not a bad film, it is not a great film either. There are some wonderful moments, and then there are the not so wonderful. I really liked John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, and Tom Hanks in this film. Then again, I am a total sucker for voice over narration when it adds to the story. And the voice over is done very well, Colin Hanks has a really nice voice.    Troy Gable (Colin Hanks - Tom's son) is in law school and hating it. He drops out. Gets …
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