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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jun 25, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

If the sight of Steve Carell in bad wigs and open-chested magician's outfits makes you laugh, then "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" will be right up your alley. For most of its 100 minutes' running time, this spoof of Las Vegas magicians is a one-note joke... but this doesn't stop it from generating lots of laughs.

Carell is the title character. In the film's 5-minute opening prologue, he's seen in 1982 as a kid ridiculed and picked on for his interest in magic. How ironic it is that as a grown-up, he's a successful entertainer with his partner Anton (Steve Buscemi). Burt even has female fans chasing him relentlessly, and he makes them sign a waiver before sex.

The duo's act has grown stale, and as they go their separate ways, they realize they need each other more than ever.

Throw in Jim Carrey as Steve Gray, the duo's hammy rival and Olivia Wilde as the inevitable love interest and the combination is comedic success. The film's downfall is its tepid PG-13 rating. So much more could've been done to dirty up this tame spoof.

But overall, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is magically charming.

Blu-ray special features harp on the magic aspect of the film:

"Steve Gray Uncut" - this features Jim Carrey in character doing daredevil stunts.

"Making Movie Magic with David Copperfield" - the famous magician shows how the Hangman illusion was done for the film.

"Deleted Scenes" - 20 minutes of missing scenes.

"Gag Reel" - hosted by Carell.

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
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Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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