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Age by Age Review For: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

In Theaters Now
Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Partners in the biggest magic act in Las Vegas, Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are forced to revamp their old-school act when popular street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) starts making their loyal audience disappear.

Audiences love magic, and older tweens will be wildly entertained by this surprisingly fun flick! The movie is not for younger kids--or the squeamish--as Steve’s tricks involve a razor blade across his cheek, pepper spray in his eyes, and a drill in his head. The story is ultimately predictable but, as corny as it sounds, it's hard to argue with the message that nothing is more magical than friendship.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe Ten-year-olds will probably want to see the movie because of Jim Carrey and the subject matter, but the disgusting tricks his character performs should come with a "don't try these at home" warning because he does survive them and he continues to grow in popularity because of their "coolness" factor. Young viewers could also benefit from a conversation about the inappropriateness of Steve's "brain rapist" nickname and #rapist hashtag. Twelve-year-olds will find it hilarious that Steve keeps trying more and more extreme tricks, and will laugh when he acts as a human piñata and when he tries to spend the night on a bed of hot coals. Many kids may relate to young Burt and Anton, and will find it empowering that they're able to overcome their roles as outcasts, thanks to their friendship and their passion for magic.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Empowers children
  • Celebrates friendship and loyalty
Movie Minuses

  • Steve's nickname is "Brain Rapist"
  • Many gross-out tricks and some potty humor
  • Mild profanity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • An old man has a stroke