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Note: This film has a PG-13 rating.

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\This film received 3 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.


Cast and Credits

Tom Shadyac
(Director)
Jim Carrey
(Bruce Nolan) 
Jennifer Aniston
(Grace) 
Morgan Freeman
(God)  

 

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       What would you do if you had the powers of God? This is the question that drives the new comedy "Bruce Almighty", a new comedy that sees a likeable guy named Bruce (Jim Carrey), endowed with the powers of god after his complaining gets so severe that God himself, (Morgan Freeman), tasks Bruce do see if he could do a better job in the same role.

      At first Bruce is skeptical, but eventually comes to love his new powers and uses them in a series of hysterical events that range from seducing his girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Anniston), to taking revenge on a backstabbing co-worker at his job as a television reporter. Bruce also uses his powers to push his career, as he develops a reputation as Mr. Exclusive thanks to his divine ability to be on the spot for all manner of spectacular events that oddly seem to happen when Bruce is covering his usual human-interest stories.

      Naturally things are all not fun and games, as Bruce comes to learn that with great powers comes great responsibilities, and is reminded by God that he has yet to use his powers to help anyone other than himself after his first week on the job. Bruce sets about answering prayers but is so overwhelmed by them, that he starts to rubber-stamp prayers with a yes response via his computer. Thinking he is helping Bruce is shocked when he sees the results as thousands of people win the lottery at once and riot when they learn that they only receive a meager $17.00 due to so many winners. Bruce is forced to learn that his actions no matter how well meaning can have unforeseen negative reactions.

      The film did a good job at keeping things light and funny without having a heavy- handed segment where Bruce is forced to learn that sometimes despite great powers, tragic and bad things can happen. Instead the film concentrates on the laughs, and there are many, as well as subtly inserts some nuggets of wisdom pertaining to God, happiness, and life. Carrey is fantastic in the role and is a true delight to watch. It was nice to see him back in a larger than life comedy role after some good dramatic turns as despite all of his talent, his is still one of the most gifted comedians on film today and his absence from comedies was missed. Anniston does a nice job in the role of Grace as though it is not a deep role she plays the part with a natural charm and sweetness that adds to what would otherwise have been a throw away part.

      The film is a very funny and enjoyable film and I was very happy and surprised to see that many of the best laughs and segments were not contained in the trailers. "Bruce Almighty" will make you laugh and you will leave the theater with a smile. Good job all around and welcome back to your roots Jim, you have been sorely missed.


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Gareth Von Kallenbache ( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )

 

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      James ( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )

      This is one of Jim Carrey's best movies ever! Well nothing can compete with Ace Ventura, but this one is definitely his second funniest ever! I'm gay (as-in-happy-duh) that he's gettin back to these kind of movies...sorry, I never saw "The Majestic", heard it was great, but I mean, that's what we've got Harrison Ford for, we need Jim Carrey to be funny! You will laugh at (and with) Bruce Almighty, and if you don't, then you're dead inside, and I don't see dead people. Seriously now, this movie is riot, a little philosophical, but nothing like "The Matrix" (not saying that's a good or bad thing), so just go see it, unless you're an easily offended religious person, or is that easily religious offended person?  And oh yeah, saw the preview for "Dumb & Dumberer", it stinks. But I'll see it anyway. I love my Carrey. Gotta get my side split open every now and then, you know the drill.

      Matt ( 2 out of 4 pops )

      I remember when I used to think Jim Carrey was the funniest man in the universe.  Key words:  "used to think."  Am I saying that his talents have dwindled over the years?  Not at all.  I'm simply saying that I was in grade school when I saw the "Ace Ventura" movies, so my comic standards weren't all that high.  The ironic thing is whenever I see Jim in interviews, whether it's on "Conan O'Brien" or "David Letterman," I never cease to laugh my ass off!  It would literally be a sin to say that Jim Carrey has no talent!  It's just, when it comes to movies, he doesn't always know where to focus his talent.  Now that I'm 20 years old, I can't stand watching the "AV" movies, as I behold his constant mugging, whether he's delivering a funny line or not.  Maybe it's a matter of taste.  I personally think the comedy is funnier when it's portrayed as dead serious.  Once the silliness kicks in, the fourth wall is broken, and the audience is fully aware that the actor is going for a laugh, rather than doing what's right for his character.  Throughout "Bruce Almighty" (until the third act when the film goes sentimental) Carrey doesn't say a single line without making one of his unnecessary facial and/or vocal contortions.  It's as if he doesn't trust the material one bit, so he tries to beat the laughs out the audience.  Robin Williams is criticized for doing the same thing, only more heavily for some reason, but with him the hyperkinetic style works.  Because he knows where to focus his talent and trust the material.  If a scene calls for him to be serious, that's exactly what he'll do.  Balance is the key.  Now, I did laugh intermittently throughout this movie, but like you might expect--most of the good laughs were given away in the trailers.  Yes, the dog on the toilet is practically the cream of the crop.  Don't expect anything better.  I'm part of the minority who believes that Carrey should approach more dramatic roles, and when I watch him mug so excessively it's surprising his face didn't fall off during production, I see exactly why I'm proud to be part of this minority.  Jim, you were great in "The Majestic"!  You were great in "The Truman Show"!  Here, you're just a ham!!  And it's a shame, because I really liked the film's premise.  Plus, I expected that if Jim gets too out of hand, at least the great Morgan Freeman would be there to add some class.  Well, Morgan is great in the role of God (and who said African-American actors don't receive good roles anymore?), but he's only on screen for about 30 minutes.  Not enough time to add a hell of a lot of class.    

      Mike ( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )

     With "Bruce Almighty", Jim Carrey proves once again that he is the most zaniest and entertaining comedic actors since Jerry Lewis.  Carrey made me laugh out loud countless times while I watched this movie, especially his dead-on parody impersonation of Clint Eastwood.  And the other cast members are especially good here as well, especially Morgan Freeman as God and the guy who is fighting for the anchor job with Bruce... (this guy's babbling nonsense on live TV is one of the funniest scenes I've seen in a long time.)  It is so refreshing to see a comedy film that is actually funny and void of so much unnecessary vulgarity and sexual innuendo that is usually found in Hollywood comedies these days.  While the movie may be overly predictable and a little too sugarly, it is very enjoyable and very funny.  Hard to quibble with a film that makes you laugh this much.     

     Billy Ray ( 4 out of 4 pops )

      Jim Carrey in a comedy?  What is this?  I thought he only made dramas.  Well, thank God for that (even though his dramas have all been exceptional; it was just a good intro).  "Bruce Almighty" is a wonderful new comedy from Carrey, and one of his best efforts yet.  It brought back memories of "Liar Liar" (the same guy directed it) and even "Ace Ventura".  I liked the Jennifer Aniston character, I liked Morgan Freeman as God, and Carrey delivers one of the best lines from any film ever -- "Hello, you anal dwelling, butt monkey".  This was fantastic from beginning to end and even manages to deliver somewhat of a nice message.  Jim Carrey is back and the world is elated.

 

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