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Bruce Almighty (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Comedy movie directed by Tom Shadyac

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  • Feb 11, 2004
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I was somewhat leery about watching BRUCE ALMIGHTY because of all the various reviews I had read and some of the things I had heard. After seeing the film, I found it to be a decent movie that had a great deal to say about the importance of prayer. Jennifer Aniston was perfect as Grace and she outshined Carrey in every scene they shared. Morgan Freeman was a nice touch, because he's such a talented actor that he brings a touch of class to any project, no matter how bad it is. Those are the postives.

Now, for the negatives. To begin with, this is not one of Jim Carrey's better movies. The film is supposed to be a comedy, but it also portrays itself as a film with a very serious message. Therefore, Carrey's antics, as humorous as they are, really don't fit in with the reality of the movie.

Which brings us the main thing wrong about the film. The central message of the film is about the importance of prayer and how powerful prayer can be. God does listen to our prayers. In this materialistic, post-modernistic, unmoral world we are living in, it's good for people to be reminded of the power and importance of prayer. God does hear our prayers and we have to trust Him that what happens in our lives will eventually turn out for the best (if not in this world, in the world to come). That's a great message. However, it's only have the story. God is love, but God is also Truth.

God is holy and cannot exist with sin. Sin is a word people don't like to talk about, but just because many ignore it doesn't mean it stops to exist. BRUCE ALMIGHTY has a lot to say about prayer, but it doesn't say anything about sin. Bruce was mad at God because his life was falling apart around him and he didn't understand why. Now, I'm not going to say God wouldn't answer him, but Bruce never once consider that maybe God was trying to answer him, but couldn't because of the sin in Bruce's life. Bruce and Grace were living in sin, pure and simple. Their fornication and immorality shouldn't be taken lightly. But, in the movie it is. In fact, it's paraded, made to seem perfectly legitimate, perfectly okay with God. Fact is, God hates fornication. He detests it. Sin is sin and though we can be forgiven of our sins, if we blatantly continue to live in sin without any repentance, it is seriously going to hinder our relationship with God. So, that's that.

As a movie, BRUCE ALMIGHTY isn't too bad. It's fairly entertaining and it is nice to see Jim Carrey coming back to his comic roots. The movie also has a lot to say about the power of prayer. Nevertheless, the film does have some serious flaws, mainly how it totally ignores the issue of sin. If you're going to talk the talk, you should walk the walk as well.

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review by . April 11, 2009
I remember when I first watched Bruce Almighty about 3 years ago and I absolutely hated it. The way people raved on about how funny it was just didn't fly with me at all, I labelled it one of Carreys worst films and vowed never to watch it again. Fast forward 3 years and I'm in a New York hotel room, forced to stay in thanks to the blistering cold, and what's on TV? Why Bruce Almighty, thanks for asking. I decide to cancel that vow and just watch it again for good measure to cement my previous hatred. …
review by . December 19, 2008
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review by . December 14, 2008
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review by . August 09, 2006
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review by . March 21, 2005
Pros: some funny moments, soundtrack, Morgan Freeman     Cons: not funny, could be offensive, bad message, Carrey annoying     The Bottom Line: An advertisement for God and an advertisement for apathy     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. "Why is God making me suffer so much? Just because I don't believe in him?" – Sidney Morgenbesser       God. No, not those Guaranteed Overnight …
review by . January 17, 2005
Bruce Almighty is an amusing tale of a 40 something man's battle with his midlife crisis. Jim Carrey is quite amusing particualrly in his physical comic style. Morgan Freeman and Jan Aston fill in nicely in supporting roles.     The moral of this movie is to not take life so seriously. There can be some joy in handling the lighter side of life. Some moments are a bit disjointed but overall the good outweighs the bad and overdone.
review by . May 21, 2003
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Bestowing Jim Carrey with godlike powers is a ripe recipe for comedy, andBruce Almightydelivers the laughs that Carrey's mainstream fans prefer. The high-concept premise finds Carrey playing Bruce Nolan, a frustrated Buffalo TV reporter, stuck doing puff-pieces while a lesser colleague (the hilarious Steven Carell) gets the anchor job he covets. Bruce demands an explanation from God, who pays him a visit (in the serene form of Morgan Freeman) and lets Bruce take over while he takes a brief vacation. What does a petty, angry guy do when he's God? That's where Carrey has a field day, reuniting with hisAce VenturaandLiar, Liardirector, Tom Shadyac, while Jennifer Aniston gamely keeps pace as Bruce's put-upon fiancée. Carrey's actually funnierbeforehe becomes Him, and the movie delivers a sappy, safely diluted notion of faith that lacks the sincerity of the 1977 hitOh, God!Still, we can be thankful that Carrey took the high road and leftLittle Nickyto Adam Sandler.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Tom Shadyac
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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