Steve Carell is an immensely popular actor. Jim Carrey used to be. Steve Buscemi is an actor's actor, and Olivia Wilde is an up and coming young actress. With all this talent in the cast of one movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, it should be a guaranteed success. Guess what folks, it isn't.
This is frankly a terrible film, but ever more disheartening because the material for a decent comedy so obviously exists within the botched final product. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a missed opportunity.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a movie for 8-year-olds who haven't seen a lot of movies and provide fresh eyes for its tired gags. Anyone older will see every punchline coming long before it arrives.
"Living a lie," seems a tad too dramatic of a way of admitting that I had never seen The Big Lebowski. I mean, I never technically lied to anyone about this. No one has ever asked me if I've seen The Big Lebowski because, at this point, everyone just assumes that I have seen The Big Lebowski.
Once you're done unwrapping the gifts and singing the carols and observing whatever expressions of faith you feel are appropriate for the time (if any), you may want to reinforce the communal feeling with a visit to the cinema for something the whole family can enjoy.
One of the most significant challenges of the film is to make us feel as if we're seeing this lifestyle with a fresh eye. The film does a terrific job of putting us in the era and making us feel like we're actually there.