STEVE CARELL and Jim Carrey, Evan and Bruce Almighty, respectively, could have used some divine intervention in their new joint venture.
It's called "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," a comedy about dueling magicians that's several rewrites short of magical.
Carell has the title role as a Vegas schlock magician, and his performance is mostly a sight gag - his stocky form filling out a sequined velvet jumpsuit, blown-out Wayne Newton hair, David Copperfield eyeliner.
He's sketched as a magician whose genuine love for the craft was formed in childhood, though by middle age he's become angry, vain and pompous.
So, he's a loud and angry jerk, and this is not a good look for Carell, who specializes in a different sort of fellow - under-equipped, over his head, bluffing his way through in a way that earns our sympathy.