THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD
Coming to Terms with One’s Place in the World
Release Date: March 20, 2009
Starring: Colin Hanks, John Malkovich,
Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, Tom
Hanks, Debra Monk, and Griffin
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Sean McGinty
Executive Producer: Steven Shareshian and Marvin
Producer: Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman
Writer: Sean McGinty
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The movie stars Colin Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks, as Troy Gable, a law student who, over his father’s objections, decides to leave law school and go to Hollywood to earn a living as a writer. Troy is a practical young man, however, so he answers an ad from a celebrity for a personal assistant.
The celebrity turns out to be has-been mentalist Buck Howard (played by John Malkovich), who appeared 61 times on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON but is now relegated to playing rundown auditoriums in smaller towns like San Bernardino, Calif. and Akron, Ohio. Though Buck can be irascible, Troy grows fond of him. Buck’s act still amazes Troy, especially the ending where Buck tries to guess where an audience member has hidden the money he is being paid. If Buck finds the money, he gets paid. If Buck doesn’t find the money, he walks away with nothing. For 30 years or more, Buck has always found the money.
This situation converges in Cincinnati, where Buck promises that he will hypnotize a few hundred people all at the same time in a publicity stunt. The wacky, unexpected results of the stunt will endear most viewers to this movie, and give them something to think about as well.
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD is a very charming, entertaining comedy. The cast is excellent. For the most part, they play likeable characters, but characters with realistic flaws. One of the flaws, regrettably, is that the movie implies Troy does go to bed with the female PR agent hired for Buck’s publicity stunt. The movie also implies that Buck might indeed have some special mentalist powers. Other than that, and some foul language, this feel-good movie is fairly clean, though it deserves its PG rating. The movie’s most uplifting aspect is the heartwarming bond of good will that develops between Troy and his quirky boss. Eventually, both Troy and Buck come to terms with their place in the world.
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD is very funny and very insightful. Take caution, however.
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD is a very charming, entertaining comedy. The cast is excellent. One of the flaws is that the movie implies Troy does go to bed with the female PR agent hired for Buck’s special stunt. The movie also implies Buck might indeed have some special mentalist powers. Other than that, and some foul language, this feel-good movie is fairly clean, though it deserves its PG rating.