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      The Great Buck Howard

      PG Released Mar 20, 2009 1h 30m Comedy Drama List
      71% Tomatometer 95 Reviews 49% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Defying his father and dropping out of law school, aspiring writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) looks for a way to gain some meaningful life experience. Troy gets that and more when he takes a job with Buck Howard (John Malkovich), a vainglorious mentalist who hopes to reinvigorate his fading career by staging a big comeback. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      By turns fluffy and biting, this show biz comedy is given girth by comic heavyweight John Malkovich and made all the more charming by Emily Blunt.

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: B Feb 18, 2012 Full Review Hank Sartin Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Leo Goldsmith indieWire Malkovich's titular mentalist is the primary focus of attention%u2014and sadly the source of many of the film's unique problems. In a career of strange performances, Malkovich turns in a true curiosity here%u2014and maybe it's because he is not, for once, Aug 8, 2009 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The film’s light comedy is very light, inspiring chuckles right through without ever making us weep for the characters or bust a gut from laughter. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 2, 2023 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper The Great Buck Howard has a pleasantly rueful approach. Instead of the scatological humor in raucous bromances like I Love You, Man, The Great Buck Howard offers a more low-key thoughtfulness about how success is defined. Jan 27, 2020 Full Review David Harris Spectrum Culture The characters are corny, the script is predictable and the incidental music cues us when to laugh and when to fret. Rated: 2/5 Oct 9, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D The cast is all it has. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/07/23 Full Review Gareth v Feel good dramedy that is carried by the performance of Malkovich and the underrated Blunt. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Truly one of the most pointless and boring films I've ever seen. I've seen more pointless, and I've seen more boring but this one propels further away from entertaining or compelling than most films I've seen. It relies almost entirely on sappy sentimentalism, which in itself isn't very profound, unique, or lasting. It also seems a bit disingenuous. It's the kind of sentimentality you see from high ranking officials mourning a dead comrade in old Soviet times when you know damn well they had the person killed to begin with and never liked the person. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review dave s In The Great Buck Howard, Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) is a law school student who, in a bout of existential angst, quits school and lands a job as the road manager for the washed-up mentalist Buck Howard (John Malkovich) and winds up falling in love with a publicist (Emily Blunt) brought in to bolster Buck's flailing career. The premise is great, but the movie flounders by putting the focus on Hanks' drab character and his seemingly pointless romance instead of centering everything around Buck Howard, the only truly interesting character in the film. There are some laughs, but the flaccid script misses the mark more often than not. Malkovich's enthusiastic performance as the delusional and self-centered egomaniac is probably reason enough to watch, but the lasting memory that the film will have is probably the wooden acting performance of Hanks, who proves that acting talent is not hereditary. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review farah r This is not the movie I expected it would be with such a cast. The Great Buck Howard is far from great, in fact t's awful. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review william k Slightly entertaining tale is mainly watchable for Malkovich's smooth performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Defying his father and dropping out of law school, aspiring writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) looks for a way to gain some meaningful life experience. Troy gets that and more when he takes a job with Buck Howard (John Malkovich), a vainglorious mentalist who hopes to reinvigorate his fading career by staging a big comeback.
      Director
      Sean McGinly
      Producer
      Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
      Screenwriter
      Sean McGinly
      Distributor
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      Playtone Productions
      Rating
      PG (Suggestive Remarks|Some Language|A Drug Reference)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 20, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 22, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $748.4K
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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