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How Many Bad Movies Did They Cram into The Incredible Burt Wonderstone?

Multiple layers of awfulness in this lame parody of Siegfried and Roy, Criss Angel, and David Blaine.

by
John Boot

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March 15, 2013 - 11:00 am

 

The answer to this question is a resounding, “Who cares?” Anton is such an irrelevant dweeb, and Burt and Steve are such obnoxious egomaniacs, that there is no one to root for in the movie. Olivia Wilde, as the magicians’ assistant Jane (the film’s example of a big funny is for Burt to refer to her as “Nicole”), stands in for the audience, chafing at the lameness of Burt and Steve’s act and rolling her eyes at Burt’s lechery. Why doesn’t she leave if she can’t stand these guys? Maybe because the filmmakers don’t want the viewers to follow her example.

In one of many tiresome would-be comic set pieces, Burt chickens out of a stunt involving being locked in a plexiglass cube suspended above the broiling Las Vegas strip, blames Anton and fires him, yet is so dumb that he tries to continue a two-man magic act by himself. How did such a moron rise to the level of sold-out attraction in the first place? And why does his supposedly hard-headed boss (James Gandolfini) keep the act going even when their audience has disappeared? Bigger problem: What happened to the sweet, lonely Burt from the beginning of the movie? Seeing how a talented, likable old-school entertainer adapted to new realities might have been fun, but no amount of payback can be sufficient punishment for such a brainless, narcissistic oaf as Burt.

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In recent decades painful-to-watch boorish behavior has become a mainstay of "humor." It sems to have started, or at least solidified, with "Seinfeld," and only gotten worse since then.
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This film will soon be showing on airliners and cruise ships everywhere. That's why I like to drive.
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Well, Mr. Boot, your review seems to be accurate as this turkey is flopping badly.
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Imagination is failing in the entertainment business (as usual). The default setting for comedies centered on male characters is Nasty Schmoe Gets His Comeuppance. Will Ferrell owns a few hundred shares of that stock. It was bracing and brilliant in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray at his best, and has been getting steadily duller and more predictable since.
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Speaking of bad, did you check out that new Oz flick? I could feel the burn on the actor's faces having to mouth that dreck of a script. An old Steve Reeves Hercules movie is more lively.
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Well, any movie that makes fun of hipster street magicians can't be all bad. Maybe I'll check it out on Netflix when there's nothing else to watch.
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