The Great Buck Howard

2008

Action / Comedy / Drama

61
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 72%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 12603

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Director

Cast

Tom Hanks as Mr. Gable
Emily Blunt as Valerie Brennan
Colin Hanks as Troy Gable
John Malkovich as Buck Howard
720p.BLU
699.45 MB
1280*720
English
PG
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 2 / 8

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 8 / 10

I love this town

Colin Hanks play Troy Gable, a law school drop out. He becomes the road manager for The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) a flamboyant washed up mentalist. Buck plays the small towns as Colin hides from Buck his unpopularity. Buck Howard is a caricature of The Amazing Kreskin. Emily Blunt plays a publicist and love interest for Troy. Tom Hanks has a minor role as Troy's father.

The film is rather shallow and predictable. John Malkovich provides us with a quirky character who is questionably gay. Sadly, Colin Hanks lacks charisma and is unable to pull off a great performance. In spite of the short comings Malkovich gives a performance that carries the film.

No f-bombs, sex, nudity. Just good PG fun.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

gentle reverence

Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) leaves law school which he hated. It was pushed on him by his father (Tom Hanks). He decides to write but he needs a paying job. He starts to work for mentalist Buck Howard (John Malkovich) who is famous for being on The Tonight Show 61 times, the one with Johnny Carson. He shakes hands really vigorously and his big trick is finding his money in the audience at the end of the show. When the cynical road manager Alan Berkman (Adam Scott) leaves, Troy takes over. In Cincinnati, they are joined by media publicist Valerie Brennan (Emily Blunt). A misunderstanding leads to a sudden resurgence.

It has some deeper moments but mostly it's a gentle, reverent view of this Buck Howard character. It could have been darker. Colin Hanks' nice everyman gets into the way of that. He's given a needed jolt when Emily Blunt comes in. She really should have stayed in the movie. It's not logical and the movie misses her when she disappears. Malkovich is something else. He is masterful. The only way better is to get an actor pass his prime and Malkovich is definitely not pass his prime. This is a wonderful homage to the old performers.

Reviewed by tfmiltz 10 / 10

Malkovich at his best

The movie is painful as to witnessing humility - a man so alone - so full of himself - unable to see himself. When someone asks if Buck has family... "There is no one - just him"

I give this movie EASILY 10 of 10 as to Hanks ? short role- but producer ? 10 of 10 too.

Some GREAT ROLES brought forward here

BEST ACTING

It doesn't get much better here

what a BEAUTIFUL MOMENT

AS SOON as Buck hit the big money

it no longer had meaning

SO MANY COMPLEX messages in this cinematic offering.

I will cherish this film forever

Malkovich - once again-

he really nailed this one

PAINFUL - LOVING - COMPASSIONATE- begetting humility -

what MORE can you ask for ?

Hanks brings out FULL TILT at the end though

BIG money vs ?

JUST PRECIOUS

This movie brings SO many valuable themes to the surface

father to son - that's big - that's humanity

yet? Buck ? vocationally ? to son -

all I can do is give this production 10 of 10 -

and celebrate the final result

John Malkovich is SO good at playing this role - you never ever think Malkovich - you ONLY see Buck.

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