05 Jan

The Great Buck Howard

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: A-

The Great Buck Howard is based on the life of The Amazing Kreskin.  This man was quite talented, and quite a character, one of the original mentalists.  John Malkovich plays Howard, who at this point in his life has long passed the peak of his career.  He used to be a guest on Johnny Carson’s show, and now he’s playing to audiences in half-filled small town theatres.

Colin Hanks (yes, Tom’s son!) plays a law school drop-out who is trying to find his passion.  He takes a job as  Howard’s assistant, and learns more about the world of show business, and himself, than he expected.  Emily Blunt is a publicist who comes in as a love interest.  And Tom Hanks has a nice couple of scenes as the concerned dad.

Great cast, great story, really worth seeing.

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