The Great Buck Howard

{4.5/5} “I love this town!”

Troy doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life — he only knows he doesn’t want to be in law school any more. He finds himself accepting a job as Buck Howard’s road manager. Buck is a mentalist who travels a lot doing shows in smaller venues — he used to be more famous and was even on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 61 times. Although Buck is difficult to work with at times, Troy is enjoying working with him — and he has no idea how Buck does what he does.

The Great Buck Howard was released in 2008.

This is a funny movie showing the ups and downs of a performer late in his career — John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) is perfect as Buck. It also shows a person early in his career, who’s undecided about where that career will go from here — I hadn’t seen Colin Hanks (Orange County) before but he does a fine job as Troy.

The fun music is by Blake Neely (the TV show The Mentalist).

Ricky Jay (The Brothers Bloom) plays Buck’s agent and Emily Blunt (Looper) plays a publicist. Tom Hanks (Larry Crowne) has a small role as Troy’s father — he’s Colin’s father in real life too. And Adam Scott (the TV show Parks and Recreation) has a small role has Buck’s former road manager.

The movie was directed by Sean McGinly (Two Days). McGinly worked briefly as the road manager for the Amazing Kreskin.

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