‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ Trailer: Funny Magicians with Mullets

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A few days ago, we got our first look at Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi playing Vegas magicians (with fake-bake tans and blonde mullets) in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the new comedy from Horrible Bosses co-screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein and director Don Scardino (30 Rock). But does the movie have anything to offer, beyond the hilarity of seeing those lovable character actors dress up in sparkly burgundy magician costumes?

Well, the Incredible Burton Wonderstone trailer is now online – and although it may not go down as the funniest preview of the season, it suggests there is more to this flick than a one-joke premise (warning: if you’re sick of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” popping up in trailers, you might want to take a pass on this one).

Here is the official synopsis for The Incredible Burton Wonderstone:

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 guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

Rounding out the cast are such people as Olivia Wilde (People Like Us), Alan Arkin (Argo), James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly) and Gillian Jacobs (Community).

incredible burt wonderstone trailer The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer: Funny Magicians with Mullets

Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi in ‘Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

The trailer quickly passes over more intimate story details, like Burt and Anton’s falling out (or the former’s journey of self-discovery); which might be for the best, since those elements sound rather formulaic. Instead, we get a taste of Carrey as a Chris Angel-like (insane) street performer, Arkin as the irascible retired trickster who inspired Burt in the first place, and a sense of the film’s overall (refreshingly? Surprisingly?) tame sense of humor. Again, maybe not a modern comedy classic, but The Incredible Burt Wonderstone looks reasonably entertaining.

Not to mention: after this film and next summer’s Kick-Ass 2, we should have a better idea as to whether or not Carrey can still play funny outlandish types (and how that bodes for him returning as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber To).


The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in U.S. theaters on March 15th, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Those aren’t mullets.

  2. Steve Buscemi disappeared for the majority of that trailer.

    That’s one helluva trick.

  3. ahhhh!~ this is going to be so good!!!!!

  4. I may just have to watch this movie.

  5. i really hoped that would be funnier

  6. Illusions Michael. Tricks are what whores do for money.

  7. Magicians with mullets? It really says something about a movie when those are what is supposed to draw in an audience.

    PASS (with enthusiasm)

  8. I hardly recognized Jim Carrey! He was really funny

  9. Jim Carrey looks funny in this. Really hope filming on “Dumb and Dumber To” begins soon.

  10. I hope they’re holding out the majority of the jokes and the trailer doesn’t show it all because the only part I found funny was the old guy going under the bed

  11. Frankly i wasnt expecting much…but the trailer looks good…CARREY IS BACK!!

  12. I thought it looked good. Alan Arkin and Jim Carrey look real funny in this

  13. That thing with the nail on the table, and Jim tries to drive it with his forehead made me remember Heath Ledger’s Joker and his dissapearing pen… after that shot, Jim probably wished he could make the pain dissapear.

  14. Not bad!