Pros:Lots of laughs courtesy of Jim.
Cons:Some cheesy moments.
The Bottom Line: Not rocket science, won't change the world, but definitely something that will make you laugh.
And the Summer movies continue to roll on by....
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Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a reporter for Channel 5 in Buffalo, New York. Although his dream is to one day occupy one of the anchor positions, it's a little difficult to imagine getting there since the only stories they seem to send him out on are silly ones like reporting on the city's biggest cookie. woo whee! Nearing 40, Bruce can't believe how horrible his life is.
One day, every thing just falls apart. His nemesis gets the open anchor position, he gets fired, his dog continues to pee all over the furniture, and he crashes his car. Could anything else possible go wrong? Why does God seem to ignore him? What did Bruce ever do to deserve the horrible life that he has?
His girlfriend, Grace (Jennifer Aniston), thinks that their life is just fine however, after five years in the relationship, she'd like a ring and a couple of kids.
While Bruce is moping around, his beeper continually goes off, requesting him to call a return number. When he finally returns the call, there's a pre-recorded voice, asking him to go to a specific address to apply for a new job. Bruce ends up going down to an abandon warehouse where he meets the one and only - God (Morgan Freeman).
It takes some convincing, but Bruce finally believes that this is God in front of his eyes. God decides to bestow upon Bruce, all of his powers to use as he sees fit. He goes just a little wild, giving his girlfriend bigger boobs and house training his dog (via the bathroom toilet).
After the novelty wears off, where does this leave Bruce? Is he a happier person? Does he get every thing he wants in life? All of this, and then some, can be answered if you see the movie!
It's been awhile since I've seen a God related movie. I was in the mood for the next generation of Oh God! and I was hoping that Bruce Almighty would provide me with a little taste of that. Did it? Oh sure, but just a little.
Written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe, Steve Oedekerk, Bruce Almighty contains a bunch of cliches that we find in many mainstream movies. There's love lost and found. There's good versus evil. There's happy endings. Recycling old ideas isn't necessarily a bad thing in the entertainment world, as long as it's done without insulting the audience.
Director Tom Shadyac pulls it off, thanks mostly to the comedic timing of Jim Carrey (but more on him later). Actor aside, Mr. Shadyac keeps the pace of his movie flowing steadily, includes some catchy tunes, and keeps the camera angles nice and tight on his environments and subject matters.
I'm a Jim Carrey fan from the good ole days (Peggy Sue Got Married, Doing Time On Maple Drive). His films like Dumb and Dumber and Me, Myself & Irene were just not my kind of films.
Jim, as you may have thought, carries a lot of the movie. Although there's a bit of slap-stick involved, most of the laughs come from his conversations with other people - including Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston.
There's only a couple people who can pull off playing God, and Morgan Freeman is definitely one of those individuals. His character was not one in which a lot of creativity was afforded. He was stately. He walked with a lot of authority. He was God.
Jennifer Aniston took a step back with this role. How? She was deemed the straight man to Carrey's funny man and with the exception of one scene, she didn't have a lot of material to work with. Despite her lack of material, I wouldn't classify this role as a bad career decision. Anything that puts you in the big screen-mainstream, can't be all bad. :)
Bruce Almighty is rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor. I saw some adults in there with younger children (8,9) and I thought that this movie wasn't necessarily a good thing for them.
While Bruce Almighty isn't the blockbuster, mega-comedy I wanted it to be, it did tickle my funny bone and it made my Friday afternoon all that more enjoyable. A solid 3.5 stars!
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