The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Comedic violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Pulls comedy out of a hat then makes it disappear.

  • Starring:

    Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek, David Copperfield

  • Directed by:

    Don Scardino

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    A group of bullies chase a child, tease him, punch him in the stomach and make him eat bark. A hangman's noose is seen as part of a magic trick. Magic fireballs are thrown at people. A man is punched in the face. Cutting oneself deliberately (mentioned). Two men fall to the ground; one is stretchered away with injuries (broken ribs, ankles). A building is demolished. A man lies down on red hot coals; burning flesh is heard and mentioned. A boy carries a rabbit and a blade away (implying that he is planning to kill and eat the bunny). A man dresses up as a human pinata and allows kids to beat him with sticks. A man burns his arm deliberately. A man hammers a nail with his head. A man drills a hole in his head. Yelling, shouting, screaming. Blood/gore: A man slices open his face and removes an object; blood is seen on his hands, face and the object. Skin-stitching is seen (needle is obvious). A large amount of pepper-spray is sprayed on a man's face. A tiger attack is mentioned. A bird is described as having been deboned in order to perform a magic trick. Bandages are seen. Perspiration is discussed; sweat-stains are seen on clothing. A man vomits. A man regurgitates sweets.


    Two men sandwich a woman and rub up against her. A man uses suggestive language to invite a woman back to his room for sex. Passionate kissing. Sex and sexual intentions are mentioned. Condoms (in packets) are seen. Nudity: Magicians' assistants wear skimpy costumes. A woman is seen in her underwear. A woman's bra is seen as she is dressed.


    A boy carries vials of medication for his allergies, eczema and testosterone levels. Natives are seen chewing betel leaf and collapsing from the effects. Drugs are imported and cooked. Roomfuls of people are knocked out using drug-smoke. Alcohol (cocktails, beer, champagne, spirits). Gambling (casino setting, casino games are seen).


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, slang for bodily fluids. Name-calling, teasing. A man calls himself the 'Brain Rapist'. Religious exclamations. Gender and racial stereotyping.


    Magic, friendship, estrangement, narcissism, partnerships, rivalry, stunts, tricks, illusion, gaudiness.


    Hospital setting (a man has suffered a stroke). Allergies. Birds, rabbits, puppies, butterfly. Animals in cages. Animals with lice (mentioned). Animals are seen injured and mocked. Bloody steak is pictured. Urination is discussed; comic graphics are shown. Some magic tricks are explained. People enter confined spaces as part of various magic tricks; one man suffers a claustrophobic panic attack.


    Likeable. Mildly amusing. First half-hour is promising.


    Scattered jokes. One-dimensional characterisation. Repetitive. Conjures up little magic. Few surprises. Outdated. Farcical.

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