Since Carell’s character never gave us much to root for in the first place, the most one could hope for is a couple of hours of mindless fun. But since The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is essentially two different movies awkwardly strung together, the end result is anything but magical. It’s a frustrating waste of time and talent.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking, plus a mysterious drug is used for a magic trick on an unsuspecting audience.
  • Language/Profanity: Multiple instances where God’s name is exclaimed or paired with da--. One f-bomb, plus a smattering of other profanity.
  • Sex/Nudity: A known lothario, we see Burt in bed with a couple of women. In one scene, Burt has a condom hidden behind his ear. A couple of women are shown in their bras and panties.
  • Violence: Intended for comedy, Steve does many, many things that would fall under "dangerous." Most are referenced in the review above.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

Publication date: March 15, 2013