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Family Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 100 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. There’s a surprising amount of violence in the film because of a street magician character who shocks audiences with his act, which includes cutting open his own cheek to get a magic card out and then sewing up the wound, sleeping on a bed of coals, and drilling a hole into his own skull. Those scenes are often played for laughs, but there is initial shock value. Also some cursing, kissing, jokes about sex, and implied sexual content (as well as the visual of wrapped condoms), bullying, and drinking and drug use.

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ isn’t overwhelming or underwhelming, it’s just kind of there. But as much as the film can feel scatterbrained and like it’s trying to do too much at once, it has its heart in the right place.

By Roxana Hadadi

If you watched the NBC comedy “The Office” when Steve Carell starred on the show as manager Michael Scott, you’re aware of that character’s quirks: He was aloof, absurd, a little offensive but mostly well-meaning. He was often bombastic and ridiculous, but his affection for others was genuine. Carell’s idiotic-yet-repentant magician Burt Wonderstone in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is cut from the same recognizable cloth: brash and abrasive, but truly goodhearted. And what else makes “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” feel so repetitive is that this kind of riches-to-rags morality tale has been done to death—and this film doesn’t give it very much new life.

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