• The Great Buck Howard (2008)

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Release Date: March 20th, 2009

DVD Release Date: July 21st, 2009

PG|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, Tom Hanks, B.J. Hendricks, Jacquie Barnbrook, Griffin Dunne

Director: Sean McGinly

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Playtone Productions

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

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  • Like Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler," Malkovich plays a star long past his glory days in The Great Buck Howard, but continuing to do the only thing he knows. The tone of the two films couldn't be less alike, but the story arc of the central characters graphs the same. show more

  • Laughs? Schmaltz? Life lessons? They're all there in Sean McGinly's pleasantly lackadaisical script, but not in such abundance that they seem reason enough to see the film. show more

  • A warm, amiable glimpse at the end of the showbiz road. show more

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