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Bruce Almighty (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Comedy movie directed by Tom Shadyac

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God Is Black? No, He's Morgan Freeman

  • Dec 14, 2008
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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. I was wrong, there I said it, I... Was... Wrong. It's difficult to say yes, but upon seeing this for the second time, for some unknown reason I absolutely loved it and have wondered since why I hated it so.

Jim Carrey plays Bruce, a small time news reporter known and loved for his comedic and light hearted persona which is ironically holding him back in his career. Nothing ever seems to go right for Bruce and he's constantly complaining that God has forgotten about him and is dealing him the wrong hand. After a day in which his arch rival Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) steals Bruce's desired job as news anchor, he goes nuts and gets himself fired from the station. That night Bruce argues with his girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston) and leave the apartment leading to a crash. Upon getting out the car he gets a page with an address on it. The next day he visits the address and is confronted by a Janitor in the guise of Morgan Freeman. This janitor claims he is god and is going to take a break leaving Bruce in charge to see if he can do a better job. Over the course of the film, Bruce uses his newly obtained powers to get back at those who wronged him and fixes his life. He soon forgets, however, that he's now god so he must take care of everybodies wishes.

This film isn't the funniest in the world and seems to at times quite a religiously propagandist film. Although it doesn't point towards one particular religion, it's obviously a film promoting the existence of god and blind faith. It is that of a very emotional film more than anything and talks about love and loyalty to the one you love. It also puts out there the idea of creating your own destiny and not waiting for something to be given to you. Some of the scenes are quite ridiculous and you would have thought that a man with godly powers would have done more than give himself a flash car. Although the comedy isn't really that immediately in your face, when it does appear it certainly succeeds in giving you a wealthy chuckle. One scene in particular is when Bruce is back in his job and is behind the scenes during one of Evans news casts. Bruce uses his godly powers and has Evan mess up his entire delivery costing the man his job. The acting by Carell in this scene is hysterical and had me in tears of laughter, the awkward look on the face mixed with the silliness of his news delivery is perfect.

Jennifer Aniston also gives us an excellent performance and backs up my belief that the woman is a highly underrated actress long overdue of that one big movie. I'm sure it will come eventually, but for now we're just going to have to get the treat of her in the rare great roles. Jim Carrey and Steve Carell also play such great roles, with Jim obviously delivering some great acting once again. Morgan Freeman, I think it has to be said that it was a worthy choice for the role of God as Freeman becomes the first African American actor to play both the President of the USA and God himself. The actors and story blend together perfectly with it seeming that the roles were specifically written for the particular actors in mind.

An awesome film that even if you didn't enjoy it the first time, you certainly will the second time around.

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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
The story begins with Bruce Nolan's daily routines.He doesn't enjoy working in his position in a television channel.And someone retires from Live News,and Bruce dreams come closer.All he wants to do is representing the show and become famous around the city.But he has no luck.He can't be promoted.Also that time he starts fighting with his girlfriend and tries to cope with his pet.Even his dog doesn't listen to him.So he decides to talk to God himself.Finally and miraculously he manages to have a …
review by . November 27, 2008
Bruce Almighty
Although funny in places, and despite excellent performances by Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston, the plot was weak. Bruce gets denied a job he wants, starts feeling sorry for himself for having a mediocre life, and winds out getting a little hand up from God himself; who endows Bruce with all his Godlike powers. Bruce likes using the powers to better his own life, but finds it impossible to meet the prayer demands of the other millions of souls in his hometown alone. The funniest …
review by . August 09, 2006
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`Bruce Almighty' was Jim Carrey's triumphant return to comedy after scratching the dramatic itch. After delivering such great performances in `The Truman Show' and `Man in the Moon', a return to the rubber-faced, flopping around Jim Carrey feels somewhat dated. Yes, Carrey's antics were getting stale at that time. But, fortunately, `Bruce' is a movie that matures along with him. In this sense it is actually a welcome sight when the movie puts its silly physical comedy in the backseat for the more …
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 . February 11, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
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, …
review by . May 21, 2003
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Pros: Jim Carrey and Many Laughs     Cons: Anniston does not have a well-developed Role.     The Bottom Line: A very funny return to his roots for Jim Carrey and a fun movie.     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 …
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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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