Magnolia Pictures | Release Date: March 20, 2009
Summary: Once upon a time, Buck Howard spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire – not to be confused with those of a mere magician - earned him a marquee act in Vegas and 61 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond simple sleight of hand – he can read minds and hypnotize not just a single soul but an entire room of people! But nowadays, it’s clear to everyone but Buck that his act has lost its luster; he performs in faded community centers and hasn’t sold out a theater in years. Yet, with a hearty handshake and a trademark “I love this town!,” Buck Howard perseveres, confident in his own celebrity, convinced his comeback is imminent. He just needs a new road manager and personal assistant. As it turns out, recent law school drop-out and unemployed, would-be writer Troy Gable needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable, especially to his father, who still assumes Troy is in law school. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist and a bold stroke of fate, Buck surprisingly lands back into the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride of his life. As the coveted spotlight again shines on the great Buck Howard, Buck becomes the unlikeliest of teachers as Troy learns a few tricks he couldn’t possibly have picked up in law school. (Magnolia Pictures)
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Runtime: 90 min
Rating: Rated PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference.
Production: Playtone
Genres: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jul 21, 2009
Director Credit
Sean McGinly Director
Writer Credit
Sean McGinly Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Colin Hanks Troy Gable
John Malkovich Buck Howard
Tom Hanks Mr. Gable
Cast Credit
Adam Scott Alan Berkman
Debra Monk Doreen
Emily Blunt Valerie Brennan
Griffin Dunne Johnathan Finerman
Jacquie Barnbrook Sheila Heller
Jonathan Ames Edward Kelly
Patrick Fischler Michael Perry
Paul Darricarrere Restaurant Manager
Ricky Jay Gil Bellamy
Steve Zahn Kenny
Terry Scannell Kip
Wallace Langham Dan Green
Producer Credit
Gary Goetzman Producer
Ginger Sledge Co-Producer
Marvin V. Acuna Executive Producer
Steve Shareshian Executive Producer
Tom Hanks Producer