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½ April 3, 2017
Wonderfully acted by an excellent cast, this oddball comedy is only compromised by its rather meandering screenplay (by director Sean McGinley). Colin Hanks - whose dad plays his screen dad - narrates how he gave up law school to work for has been mentalist Buck Howard (John Malkovich, brilliant). Emily Blunt, Griffin Dunne and others bolster the simple story, but it's Malkovich's show.
½ April 22, 2016
John Malkovich gives a terrific performance as a waning illusion artist who always gives more than the audience asks for even more elevated by the under-par showing of Colin Hanks. There is a cameo by Tom Hanks as Colin Hanks reel father and involves in an exchange with his son, though the junior has similar looks and mannerisms Tom shows why he is what he is in that short span.

Buck Howard (John Malkovich) is an illusion artist in decline and recruits a college dropout Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) as his road manager. Troy, though apprehensive about his new job and against the whim and wishes of his father (Tom Hanks) starts to tread the waters and soon gets drawn towards Buck all the while dealing with his eccentric and wild mannerisms. In the process he meets Valerie (Emily Blunt) and falls for her.

John Malkovich is not everyone's cup of tea and needs some time and exposure to get used to him. Once you do, he can be terrific. The screenplay is another star where Buck's life is carefully presented in pieces so an audience can make an informed judgment about what he does when he does. Colin Hanks though fits the role as an apprehensive young man dealing with an eccentric Buck, he doesn't push his dialogues and body language with confidence it needs in some sequences where he comes off as a little weak link to the narrative. Emily Blunt looks lovely and acts the same as she always does. Have I mentioned this before? She has done almost the same character in all her movies and damn I can't get enough. With a short runtime and that plays along with a nice soundtrack, it is a must watch for Malkovich's fans.

John Malkovich makes Buck Howard greater than he said himself to be.
½ March 23, 2016
Understated humor mixed with authentic emotion makes for a whimsical viewing experience.
October 21, 2015
John Malkovich+Colin Hanks+Emily Blunt+Steve Zahn+Tom Hanks = pa sto sakate poveke od ova :)
June 21, 2015
Not as great as the titular character ... maybe because the film doesn't parallel his story arch.
May 27, 2015
* Film is incredibly slow
* Improves upon Emily Blunts arrival, but still not a lot to grip the audience.
* John Malkovich doesnt seem at his best here, but still provides an adequate performance as the lead character
½ January 21, 2015
This dramatic comedy (or comedic drama) has many things going for it. First, it has a unique story. Second, it has John Malkovich. Third, it threads the subject of desire vs. happiness in a very subtle, yet touching way.

Colin Hank definitely inherited his dads acting abilities. He is very convincing in his role of a confused, yet eager young man that want to define himself on his own. Tom Hanks plays his father in a non menacing, pushing, yet loving and protecting way.

There are some movies that don't have anything particularly special to them, yet they are special for being honest in the way they handle the story. This is one of them.
December 14, 2014
Exceptional performance from Mr. Malkovich, and Colin Hanks is some kind of natural in this role.
½ November 24, 2014
Much more of a Colin Hanks showcase than anything; though it was sneakily billed as a double-act with his father, old man Tom only pops in for about five minutes (literally appearing for a cup of coffee). Late in his schooling, Hanks the Younger discards his father's plans for the future and goes on a quest to find himself, eventually winding up as road manager to a tired, dated, has-been magician with an inferiority complex. John Malkovich is brash and colorful in that role, twisting the bitter old character into something flamboyant, tangible and complicated. Hanks is better than usual, too, and brews up some confusing chemistry with Emily Blunt in a supporting role. Outside of the acting, though, there's very little to praise: the film's tone bounces all over the place in desperate search of a connection. One moment it's quirky and jubilant, the next sappy and melodramatic - no transition. None of the characters really grow, or say anything of value - they just pace through life doing what they've always done, waiting for things to happen to them. Even the visual style floats all over the place, blown about on the director's whimsy like an autumn leaf carried away by the wind. Inoffensive, soft and identity-free, I could see some potential bubbling away in this cauldron, but it's lost in the wash.
½ September 25, 2014
A movie about an old magician who wants to regain fame.
August 7, 2014
It was amazing, for the most part.
July 4, 2014
John Malkovich is like real Buck Howard, he is always very into his acting. Pretty enjoy to watch the leading like his
½ May 8, 2014
My son found this DVD in a bargain and it was a great buy. The film based in a real story of Buck Howards (John Malkovich) is well narrated by his assistant Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) who tries to discover his vocation after leaving the law school.
½ March 16, 2014
Malk is great, but the rest are lame.
½ December 29, 2013
Pleasant comedy relies on the mugging of John Malkovich to get by.
½ December 27, 2013
an above average movie with standout performances from a great cast. The basic story of a parent wanting his son to go down a certain road to be successful and the son choosing a dif path. In this case Colin Hanks takes the path of being an assistant to Buck Howard a top magician. Relationships are built along the way between buck and his assistant and his relationship with his father is tested. Not bad not great.
December 19, 2013
A wonderful character movie that falls short of great.
½ November 27, 2013
oh, Colin Hanks was a great eye candy in the movie. LOL i didn't know he was a son of Tom Hanks. but i thought they resembled. :)
November 22, 2013
It wasn't that bad a movie, but it wasn't that entertaining watching someone with a personality disorder at the center of this movie.
October 29, 2013
Watchable, not ground breaking. Emily Blunt's nasal US accent is a bit nerve grating.
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