• The Great Buck Howard (2009)

The Great Buck Howard

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

Keywords: Los Angeles, Quest, Amusing, Father, 2000s, Offbeat, Transformation, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Bob MondelloNPR

    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

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I firmly believe such illusions are never the result of psychic powers, but I am fascinated by them, anyway. The wisdom of this film, directed and written by Sean McGinly, is to never say. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies

Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith

Touring Christian evangelist Jonas Nightengale (Steve Martin) and his cohorts tend to put on their bogus faith-healing revivals in major cities, where hefty donations flow freely. But, when Jonas and...

Stream Online
Scoop
Scoop

Even in death, British reporter Joe Strombel (Ian McShane) is dedicated to completing his final piece on London's notorious Tarot Card Killer, and American journalism student Sondra Pransky (Scarlett...

Stream Online
Is Anybody There?
Is Anybody There?

Edward (Bill Milner), 10 years old, lives in a house his financially strapped parents converted into a nursing home. Though he doesn't like having elderly housemates, he searches for evidence of an af...

Stream Online