The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 April 2009 (USA)
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A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.



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Rated PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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10 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mente que Mente  »

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$115,004 (USA) (20 March 2009)


$748,363 (USA) (3 July 2009)

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The character of "Troy Gabel" is based on director Sean McGinly's experiences as road manager for The Amazing Kreskin, on which The Great Buck Howard is loosely based. See more »


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Colin Hanks is flat and uninspired in this otherwise decent film.
22 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think the film would have been great if they cast someone besides Colin Hanks. He is undeniably mediocre in this role. He performance is flat and drab and when I see him perform I can not help but think how much better the scene would be if someone else starred. I don't have a problem with this kid trying to cut his teeth in acting but do we all have to watch him learn to act on film. Seriously does Colin's dad Tom Hanks have to manufacture films just so his kid can have and acting career. I know Hollywood is nothing more than nepotism as a business but when the actor really doesn't cut it it's all the more insulting to the public and shame on the director for not trying to get more out of him.

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