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Movie review: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” doesn't quite do the trick.
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Modified: March 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013

/articleid/3765722/1/pictures/1981157">Photo - Steve Carell appears in the title role of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."
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Steve Carell appears in the title role of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." WARNER BROS. PHOTO

Alan Arkin also brings some bright moments as retired old-school magician Rance Holloway, Burt and Anton's boyhood hero.

As Gray's popularity soars, the fortunes of the Incredible Burt and Anton — not to mention the last vestiges of their friendship — are about to vanish, unless they can come up with the most sensational stunt Sin City has ever seen.

Burt eventually gets his comeuppance and starts to regain his true sense of self, but it's Carrey's reliably uproarious, rubber-faced, over-the-top shtick that saves the whole show from going up in a puff of smoke.

Buscemi is woefully wasted as sidekick Anton, Olivia Wilde as Burt and Anton's “lovely assistant” Jane — aka Nicole — serves as little more than eye candy for the males, James Gandolfini barely registers as a casino boss, and Carell never quite transforms himself into a protagonist worth rooting for.

In short, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” doesn't quite do the trick.

— Gene Triplett


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