When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act - both onstage and off - if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Written by
At the birthday party for Doug Munney's son, in the background you can see a large body of water with no barriers suggesting a cliff side home overlooking the ocean. The film is set in Las Vegas, Nevada. The largest body of water is Lake Meade. But unlike larger lakes in the Michigan, Chicago or Wisconsin area, there are high cliffs which border Lake Meade. It would be impossible to get any kind of view or shot of Lake Meade without showing the cliff side borders.
The background doesn't not show a large body of water, rather it shows a hazy sky overlooking a valley. Its blue hue might be mistaken for a body of water. Other shots in the same sequence actually show mountains, houses, and buildings in the distance. See more »
[after Gray burns his skin for a trick]
That is a terrible trick to do for children. What if they try and copy you?
I'll sue them. It's my trick.
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It is so refreshing to watch an original story that has never been produced before. I especially enjoy when the story line commences with a young child explaining what happened to him at a very early age to turn him in to the person he is today. In this case, we have two young boys who are both a bit nerdy and anemic who are bullied at school and escape their lonely childhood by practicing magic tricks which they then turn in to a successful 30 year professional career as big box office stage magicians.
The two magicians are played by Steve Carell as the Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Steve Buscemi as Anton Marvelton. Strong supporting roles are played by Olivia Wilde as their able assistant Jane on stage, their mentor Alan Arkin as magician and video magic trainer Rance Holloway and rounding out the cast as their arch nemesis performer is a wonderful performance once again by Jim Carrey as Steve Gray. The late James Gandolfini plays a supporting role as Doug Munny the owner of the casino where Burt and Anton perform the same but growing oh so stale stage act for 10 years.
Eventually fans are drawn more to Steve Gray's more masochistic stage act where Jim Carrey will slice his face, sleep on hot coals and even use an electric drill through his skull to keep the fans attention. Although the story line of the aging performer being put out to pasture by the younger lion (as performed by Jim Carrey) has been used before, the story line is quite good and I thoroughly enjoyed the creativity of the writers and the performances by this cast. This is an original film with a very good story line, balanced by excellent performances by all the cast.
It is a very good movie, with a good cast that I will be sure to watch again. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a keeper.
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