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Television reporter Bruce Nolan from Buffalo, N.Y is discontented with almost everything in life despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace. At the end of a very bad day (and quite possibly the worse day of his life)Bruce ridicules and rages against God, shortly after God appears in human form to Bruce and, gives Bruce his divine powers and giving to him the powers of god to see if he can do a better job.
While this movie might seem like it has a good concept and a good basis for being a good comedy, it did not deliver as you would expect.
The movie had some good moments and it had some not so good moments but if you're a Jim carry fan through and through I guess this would be a typical movie of his style.
There are a few points of the movie that makes you laugh from the pure fact that if you had these powers you would probably do the same thing, whether it is bursting a water pipe, lifting a girls skirts, or making your girlfriends breasts bigger. Some of it is funny stuff.
Jim carry, lets say, has had an interesting career, in my opinion most of his movies have not really been my sort of films like: Ace ventura, Dumb and Dumber, they are just too silly and slap stick.
But what I did like of his was the mask just because when he was out of the mask he was a normal guy trying to make a living and get the girl of his dreams, then when he is in the mask he is the Jim Carrey everyone knows (which he plays well and fits the part of the Mask) but to take the mask character and adopt it to most of his characters is a little annoying, it's slap stick.
However in Bruce Almighty it is very toned down in most of the movie but there are some moments he does get silly but I generally enjoyed this movie.
Tom Shadyac has established that he likes directing comedies with a number of blockbuster hits under his belt, Tom has worked with Jim Carry on a number of films and they both produced this movie together.
All the actors he has worked with he has concentrated on there selling points and what the audience expect from that character, for example when he directed Eddie Murphy in the Nutty Professor he harnessed Eddie Murphy's ability for different characters, but, instead of one character per movie, he has used multiple characters not just in the same movie but in the same family.
And in this area he is a very successful director just like he was during the creation of Bruce Almighty.
Jim Carry, either love him or hate him. Or, if you're like me you're stuck on the fence where films like Ace Ventura, and Dumb and Dumber, are exactly that, Dumb. And Man on the Moon and The Mask are more of his better materials.
At the beginning of Bruce Almighty he does have that same character as Stanley ipkiss from The Mask
And then when he is empowered with gods divine abilities he takes on a small part when Stanley ipkiss is in the mask, but only a small part of it which I was happy about, although at some bits I still find a bit silly like when he is making the news reader speaking like an idiot, that wasn't that funny, but on the other end of that, when Jennifer Aniston orgasms in the toilet, that was funny.
Jennifer Aniston, I think has the curse of friends just like all her other colleagues who are trying to make films, they seem to keep there character from Friends, and this one is no acceptation for Jennifer, and there's not much to really say about her because she spent 10 years building her character in Friends so it feels like to me she never really had much to build on character wise, where as Jim Carry went from being down and out to Almighty God, so I'm sure you will agree he had more to play with.
Morgan Freeman as god, I wouldn't have put him as my first choice for god, but the way it was written and directed I don't think I can see anyone else play it, he appears as a janitor to Bruce which causes Bruce to over look him but then when Freeman finally reveals he is god his whole persona changes and wants to see what Bruce has in mind if he was god.
He never had a lot of time in the movie but what he did you remember, I remember more of him than Jennifer Aniston and she was in a lot more than him.
Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan/Bruce Almighty
Morgan Freeman as God
Jennifer Aniston as Grace Connelly
Lisa Ann Walter as Debbie Connelly
Philip Baker Hall as Jack Baylor
Steve Carell as Evan Baxter
Catherine Bell as Susan Ortega
Sally Kirkland as Anita Mann
Nora Dunn as Ally Loman
Eddie Jemison as Bobby
Tony Bennett as Himself
Madeline Lovejoy as Zoe
If you haven't guessed I'm not that into Jim Carry that much but this movie is entertaining but I wouldn't watch it again, I would recommend it to my friends as a time filler but not to make it a movie night.it's entertaining, but the acting wasn't great, it was a bit bland I feel.
Even though I think Morgan and Jim performed well, it's not really an acting movie it's really a what can Bruce do with his powers movie.
The budget for this movie was $81 Million
And the Gross Revenue was $484,572,874
So regardless where you are for the whole "how do you like Jim Carry" because this movie made back its money with some to spare.
The running time for this movie is 101 minutes
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Movie Length: 101 minutes
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Country: United States
Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan
Jennifer Aniston as Grace Connelly
Morgan Freeman as God
Lisa Ann Walter as Debbie Connelly
The story is about Bruce Nolan, a television reporter for the local news and got a pretty decent life, but he is not totally satisfied and wants more. Ideally he wants to get promotion as newsreader, but when his colleague gets the promotion he gets furious when he's live on television. He is angrier on God, because he feels that God has ruined his life and that he doesn't do his job proper. Well he will be surprised when he finds out that God listened to him. God gives all his powers to see if he can do better. When Bruce finds out that he got his powers he uses it to get his job back and to impress his wife. Everything seems perfect, but he soon finds out that having all that power won't make everything better.
There are good performances in this movie. There are also some famous names in this film as Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. Jim Carrey stars as Bruce in this film and plays this role very well. I know him from the movies The Mask and Liar Liar, and in this film he is good again when he receives the power of God. He has good timing for jokes, but I believe that in the movie The Mask he was better. Think it's more because due the story and the character that he plays, but he does it well. Another famous one is Jennifer Aniston who plays the wife of Bruce. She plays it well and is fun to watch, but the character is somewhat predictable for her. In addition, Morgan Freeman plays God in this film. It is nice to see him in this comedy movie, because I know him more serious films. He does it good and comes across quiet funny.
There are a number of extras on the DVD including commentary from director Tom Shadyac. Tom talks about the filming and how it was to work with the actors. Another extra shows how it is to work with Jim Carrey. Nice extra to have a look! Furthermore, there are bloopers and deleted scenes with director commentary.
Bruce Almighty is a good entertaining comedy film with Jim Carrey. I didn't laugh trough out the whole movie, but there are certainly plenty of funny moments in the movie what make it work. I liked Jim Carrey in this movie although I thought he was better in the movie The Mask. He really fits these crazy characters. Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman where good too, especially nice to see Morgan Freeman in a different role and he was funny as God. The extras are good to watch after the movie so in all a good DVD.
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Starring ~ Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell.
In my experience, Jim Carrey's trademark, in-your-face brand of comedy is like marmite- either you love it or you hate it. He is wild, full of energy, (to the extent of appearing constantly about to burst,) and has the most expressive face, probably ever. Fortunately I love it, but if you don't like Jim Carrey... you won't like this film.
The film opens onto the life of "Bruce Nolan," (played by Jim Carrey,) a news reporter who is frustrated by the lack of progress in his career. Bruce's girlfriend, "Grace," (played by Jennifer Aniston,) dreams of marriage and having babies, a fact that is regretably overlooked by Bruce. Bruce's complaining about the unfairness of life hits a climax, and soon after he bumps into "God," (played by Morgan Freeman,) who decides to give Bruce his power while he "goes on holiday," to see if Bruce can do a better job. Bruce proceeds to enjoy being the most powerful being in the universe, including taking revenge on his work rival, "Evan Baxter," (played by Steve Carell.) But after a while, Bruce learns that being God isn't as easy as he imagined.
Bruce Almighty is a reasonably funny comedy. It didn't have me rolling around on the floor laughing, but it's good for a chuckle. I despised the film, "The 40 Year Old Virgin," and am consequently not Steve Carell's biggest fan, but in this film he is moderately funny. Jennifer Aniston is good at acting, but has acted exactly the same part in every film she has been in since "Friends." This film is no exception. Similarly, Morgan Freeman is, (particularly in recent years,) in films to be, "Morgan Freeman," but he is forgiven. He is Morgan Freeman after all... i.e. pretty cool. Jim Carrey is very funny... a little more restrained than in some of his other films, such as "Ace Ventura," and "The Mask."
Bruce Almighty is a good film to watch once... and a pretty safe bet if you're looking for a relaxing evening. The "God transferring powers to mortal" concept is good and reasonably original, but I can't help thinking it could have been done better.
If you like this film I recommend you watch "Yes Man," a similar Jim Carrey film.
Jim Carrey is Bruce, a local tv reporter that truelly believes the world does not treat him fair, and that god looks out for other people and ignores him. He feels this way so strongly that he pushes his girlfriend away constantly and lives in mesiery. After his worst day at work to date, he loses all control over his temper and begins to rant at god for ruining his life.
Cue, god shows himself to Bruce in the form of Morgan Freeman and goes about allowing Bruce to have his powers so that he can see see what is involved in taking care of the world on a daily basis.
Unconvinced until he uses the new powers, Bruce goes about trying to change his luck to make himself more successfull but at the same time he begins to lose everything that really does matter, people, material things and his own mind.
I find that Jim Carrey can be very hit and miss with his films. Sometimes he go jst too far over the top and make what could be a great film, something not so great. On this occassion though I thought that he managed to keep himself in check long enough for the film to become something special.
The humour is typical for Carrey, wacky faces, silly jokes and unrealistic pranks, but it works. He delivers a great deal of comedy but also shows us some real acting talent.
Morgan Frfeeman is at his best too, showing us his seros way of delivering his lines but also giving us a glimpse of the hmuour he is capable of.
I also found Jennifer Anniston very watchable in this, I'm a fan of Friends, and I'm not just on about the boob scene!!!
The actual stroy of this film is something not too be taken lightly too, it shows us that we should not blame others for our own misfortunes but infact take life by both hands and make it what ever we choose it to be, taking whatever bumps and knocks along the way.
I liked this film a lot and would recommend it to all to watch at least once. It's funny but with a real deep meaning to it.
At £2.99 from tesco and various other places, I feel I got a bargain.
It runs for 1 hour and 36 mins and is rated 12.
Theres some funny outtakes on the dvd but not alot else to rave about.
Bruce almighty (Jim Carrey) is an american news reporter who lives with his girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Anniston). He has really bad luck, his dog urinates in the house, he can't get the promotion he wants etc. . and he has a good moan at God about being "A mean kid with a magnifying glass." He says he bullies him etc and God gets annoyed with Bruces moaning and ends up meeting Bruce. God is played by the lovely Morgan Freeman and he says that Bruce can see what it's like to be him for a while. From then on, Bruce has Gods powers, he hears prayers, he can make things appear and disappear etc. . But being God isn't as easy as Bruce thought and with his new power, he drives his girlfriend away, the prayers he can always hear drives him mad and ends up wanting to be normal again, what will God say?
It's a really good plot, there's not another film, except the sequel, like this which makes it more interesting and much less predictable to watch.
I like the cast, Jim Carrey is a really funny actor anyway and he puts a lot of humour into this film as he adapts to having Gods powers, and to me, a funny film can be a much better film and this stands for this one. Morgan Freeman is one of my favourite actors, he's got a great nature to him and I really like him. Jennifer Anniston is an OK actress, this is a good film for her but I don't think I coudl see her in anything where her character has got to change too much because I don't think that she is a fantastic actress.
There's a tiny bit of bad language and one scene of a sexual nature although you don't actually see anything in the film, it's aged for 12 and I'd agree with this because I don't really think younger kids would understand the plot.
Overall, it's a really funny film that I like and have watched a fair few times. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend that you do, it's only about £2 on ebay so give it a go!
Bruce almighty is one of my favourite films from Jim Carrey, who has done so many great films that it is hard to pick between them, however I just really like the story behind this one, and the man is just such a great actor, and so funny that he brings something special to every role that he does, and this one was no exception.
Bruce almighty is all about Bruce Nolan, a television reporter who despite his enthusiasm for the job just gets no luck and gets thrown onto all of the rubbish news stories and gets no recognition for his hard work. Complaining about god, the big man himself makes an appearance in front of him and offers him the job, to see if he could do any better.
God, in this movie is played by Morgan Freeman, quite a good relaxed actor to play God. At first Bruce just uses these powers to help himself, however throughout the film he realises there is more to being God than being selfish and that he actually has to help other people as well.
There are some really funny moments in this film, to be honest mainly provided by the great acting of Jim Carrey, so if your not really a fan then you should probably give this one a miss. However I did really enjoy this, it's a good story for a film, its funny and iv seen this countless times now but still always enjoy it.
Bruce Almighty is one of the better Jim Carey comedies that he has made, in the film he plays Bruce Nolan who is a local TV reporter whose career is going nowhere and he is not achieving the success he craves.
Getting more and more frustrated with the direction his life is taking he has a bit of a break down and starts ranting at God that his life is unfair and that he should do something to help Bruce and amazingly God does answer his demands and makes him God for a week. As you can imagine at first Bruce is sceptical however he soon warms to his new powers and begins to have some fun. Morgan Freeman also stars in this film as God and Jennifer Aniston plays Bruce girlfriend.
This film certainly has a lot of very funny moments in it and Carey vamps it up as Bruce especially when he gets his new powers and there is some clever use of appropriate music to make the scenes even funnier.
The monkey scenes is an hilarious one that tends to stick in the mind just because it could be quite gross but it is not and instead it is very funny, a sort of Crocodile Dundee knife moment but twenty times more funny.
Carey can be a bit over the top in some of his films and at times he falls into that trap in this film however it is still a novel and amsuing film helped by the deadpan delivery of Morgan Freeman as God which is a great bit of casting.
This is my favourite film, it is really funny and entertaining and definitely recommended.
Jim Carrey stars as Bruce Nolan in this HILARIOUS comedy from 2003. I've heard it said you either love or hate Jim Carrey and I am one of those people who love him, I think he is absolutely hilarious and can't stop rolling around on the floor with laughter every time I see him on the TV.
On the other hand though, if you're one of the people who don't like him then I can't guarantee you'll love this film as much as I do (which is a lot).
I think he is at his best in this film though.
Bruce Nolan is a local TV reporter who doesn't seem to be having much success in his career. His days seem to go from bad to worse and one day he decides life is treating him so unfairly he goes and rages against God. This is a funny scene in the film where he is shouting at God, "why, why me?!"
And amazingly God replies and lets Bruce become God for a week!!
God is played by Morgan Freeman and Bruce's girlfriend is played by Jennifer Aniston so as you can see there are some famous stars in this film.
There are some really hilarious scenes in this film, one that springs to mind is a scene where Bruce has just become God and walks down the street with a strut miming along to the song playing, "I've got the power!" I don't know why really but this is a part which really makes me laugh.
Another funny part is a scene before Bruce is God, in this scene he gets beaten up by a gang. Then after he becomes God he goes back to the gang to try and make them apologise!! which is quite funny within itself, but they refuse obviously, mocking him. The gang leader says to Bruce, "the day I apologise to you is the day a monkey comes out of my butt" so Bruce says "Well, what a coincidence. As that's today!" and then makes a monkey come out of his butt (nothing too disturbing is shown here though thankfully). Then the gang run off followed by Bruce breathing out some mosquitos or someting of the sort after them. There are loads more hilarious parts to this film which I won't spoil by naming.
This film is 12 Certificate.
It is currently only £3.99 with free delivery on hmv.co.uk. A real bargain and I definitely recommend this to you all.
Jim Carrey has made many funny movies over the years and this is one of the better ones I thought when I watched it and probably better than the second film in this series, Evan Almighty. I would watch this film again and have seen it several times.
Jim Carrey plays Bruce Nolan in this film who works as a reporter for a news station in Buffalo. Along with himself and fellow colleague Evan Baxter who is played by Steve Carrel they are both vying for the prime job which is the anchor position alongside Susan Orgtega(Catherine Bell). At the moment Bruce is doing outside broadcasts mainly and moving around the country covering mundane and quirky stories. He lives with his girlfriend Grace who is played by Jennifer Aniston and their dog.
You'd think that he has everything but he always wants more and when Evan is given the anchor job, Bruce breaks down on a live broadcast he is doing and cracks which is very funny to watch as in typical Jim Carrey style he goes a bit crazy in front of the camera. From this moment on he believes that God is out to get him and is frustrated with his life in general. He feels like the whole world is against him. He meets Morgan Freeman who claims to be God. Of course he doesn't believe him at first, but then he is given God's powers and can do certain things that he couldn't before. He starts to use his powers for his own personal gain and before long starts to get everything he wants, but in the process alienates Grace who leaves him.
The problem is through all this he does have responsibilities and doesn't realise that acting as God he has to answer prayers from millions of people. It is funny to see him answering all these emails in one go and granting every prayer meaning the world becomes chaos as everyone starts winning the lottery etc.
It is a very funny and entertaining movie with a host of good stars appearing in it and as always Jim Carrey is the star of the show and makes it with his acting and stupid things he does.
Although the film is funny it also raised a few serious issues and the moral issue of whether power and money really make you happy. Before he was given God's powers he felt that everyone was against him and when he got these powers initially it made him happy. He could do anything he wanted and get anything he desired. But then because of greed his girlfriend leaves him and he doesn't realise that with these powers goes a huge reponisibility to others. God has to deal with prayers which is dealt with in a modern way with emails to his Inbox on his computer and also the general stability of the world and balance of life.
In the end Bruce gets this message and sets about doing good rather than just using this for his personal gain and realises what hard work it is.
If you like Jim Carrey it's well worth watching this movie
- Cast/Credits -
- Story -
Bruce Nolan is a local TV reporter who wants to be a serious newsreader but ends up being asked to report on the most silly local news stories instead, which lead to him being made fun of. He resents this and although he has a job and has the love of a pretty girlfriend, Grace, he still feels hard done by and after a particularly frustrating days work, he shouts out to God in a fit of rage which leads to God getting in contact with him shortly afterwards and he ends up being given some of Gods powers to give him an insight into what its like to be him, to see if he can, as he originally claimed, do such a better job of being God, than God himself.
What will Bruce do with these powers and what does this teach him? how will Grace react to the newly empowered Bruce? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
Who hasn't seen this movie? to be honest, this is one of those movies that I feel like most everyone must have seen, at least in part, at some point in the last few years but incase you haven't, well, here's my review anyway, since I caught most of the movie on TV the other day. I'm quite keen on it because its quite funny and it makes you think and its a Jim Carrey role that suits him quite well, in my opinion.
I particularly like the cast in this movie, Jim does well portraying Bruce as both a downtrodden, over the top angry guy and then he becomes transformed into someone with the power to divide soup (as if he was parting the red sea, this is one of the first things he does while trying to see what he's capable of, having been endowed with some of Gods powers) and many other things, when he becomes similar to Ace Ventura, a rather hyper and overly animated character that you'll likely either love or hate. Also Jennifer Aniston as Bruce's girlfriend Grace, as I thought that Bruce and Grace had quite good chemistry. I'm starting to think that Jennifer Aniston is quite a good comedy actress, so to speak, I think she was quite good in Marley and Me too. I felt that it was quite believable that the two of them would be in a relationship and where they lived and everything, it seemed pretty believable, up until the point when Bruce met God, of course!. I was also particularly keen on Morgan Freeman's portrayal as, of course, God himself, as a wise old man who stands back and watches Bruce's reaction to him and effortlessly does many a trick to try and prove to him that he is who he says he is (which takes a while for Bruce to really believe, of course, as he gleefully searches for the hole in the wall that proves how he did the never ending opening filing cabinet trick and so on).
Its quite fun to watch what Bruce gets up to when it dawns on him what he has, these new powers that lets him walk on water and, moreso to his boyhood like excitement, the ability to cause havoc in the TV studios where his rival has recently been promoted to what was his dream job. Then there's the scene where he attempts to sort through prayers have recently been sent to him (well, he is supposedly God after all) in the form of emails - how very modern!. So yes, he uses his powers in different ways and it also doesn't take too long until he comes to some realisations. Its nice to see that this movie is, as I say, a mix of some pretty decent comedy, with a serious message behind it, somewhere. The soundtrack is also quite good, with songs like 'One Of Us' by Joan Osborne (which goes 'what if God were one of us?') and 'The Power' by Snap! - get it? so some are somwhat reflective and others are more uptempo and add to the fun, frivilous-ness of the scene its played in, if that makes sense.
This is one of a few movies that doesn't seem to get old after watching it a few times. I saw it at the cinema and I've also watched it on TV at least twice and everytime i watch it, it seems just as funny and interesting as it was when I first saw it in the cinema, so its one of those rare movies that appears to live up to repeated viewings.
- Would I Recommend It? -
I'd say that if you don't like Jim Carrey then you'll cringe right through this but if you like movies such as Ace Ventura and The Mask and you like the sound of the story, then you should definitely check this out, if you haven't already. Its quite funny in a silly way and it might also make you re-think how things are for you, perhaps things aren't as bad as you think(?).
The script is good and the cast is great, so yes I would very much recommend this movie. I hope you found this review helpful, thanks for any and all r/r/c's. This review is also posted on Ciao! UK under the same username.
This film is about one man's anger at, in his view, God's inability to run his life in a way he would be happy with, and his conviction that he would do a better job at 'being God.'
The film starts with Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) being annoyed about his job as a roving reporter, covering stories such as the baking of a giant cookie. He wants an anchorman job, and is told it is possible he might get it. His rival is Evan (who we meet again in the sequel; Evan Almighty). Ultimately, Evan gets the job, and Bruce is left, initially upset, and subsequently, furious. He ends up getting himself fired, and rages at God and the world in general about his life. He begins to get paged with a phone number that he doesn't recognise, and when he ignores it, it becomes more frequent and insistent. Eventually he rings the number, and a recorded message gives him an address to go to. There, he meets God (Morgan Freeman), who tells him that as Bruce is not happy with the job God is doing, Bruce can be God - at least for the people in Buffalo.
And so begins Bruce's life as 'Bruce Almighty.' Of course, at first he doesn't believe God, but once he does he enjoys making his life better through his powers - not caring about the rest of the population. Eventually he learns that he is responsible for everyone's lives, and tries to make things better for others, although in a fairly halfhearted way.
The film is all about Bruce learning to think about others, and learning to be thankful for what he has.
I found it quite hard to warm to Bruce. He was a complainer, who didn't really have much to complain about it. Even when he lost his job (through his own arrogance), he still had a loving girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) and a nice home. I felt, personally, that surely God would gift his powers to someone who would have appreciated them a bit more - someone who truly had had to struggle through life a bit more. I think that would have made a better film - someone really poor, who has given up on life, but who is basically a nice person, being given God's powers and helping others, and eventually, getting a better life for him/herself. Perhaps I just found it hard to warm to Bruce as I'm not that keen on Jim Carrey, who I always feel comes across as a big showoff who thinks he's great and wants everyone else to think so too.
The film is watchable, but I feel didn't show off having 'God's powers' to the best advantage. It would have been more interesting to have watched Bruce using the powers to help others, and do various little tasks with them.
I have seen the sequel, Evan Almighty as well, and actually feel that this is one of those rare occasions when the sequel is better than the first film.
Over the years, comedy actor Jim Carrey has starred in some truly great movies; the Ace Ventura films, The Trueman Show, the surreal but equally brilliant Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and, of course, Liar, Liar. But he has also starred in some real stinkers ~ namely films like Dumb And Dumber, Me, Myself And Irene and the truly awful Cable Guy ~ which also helped to put the nail into the career of Matthew "Ferris Bueller" Broderick! Thankfully Bruce Almighty is a worthy return to Carrey at his best with support from an all-star cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Anniston and Steve "40 Year Old Virgin" Carrell.
Bruce is a wacky reporter doing comedy news bites for a major television channel. When he is beaten to a highly envied Anchor position by his rival played by Steve Carrell, he goes ever so slightly off the rails during a Live Feed and loses his job as a result. Understandably miffed, he throws out a challenge to God and God, in turn, decides to give Bruce a taste of his own medicine. This he does by bestowing on Bruce the powers of a deity for several days with all the challenges and consequences that come with them. At first, Bruce has a whale of a time, experimenting with what all his new powers allow him to do. But quickly he learns there is a price to pay for Godhood and that the most important things in his life might just have been there under his nose all along!
Once again, as in Liar, Liar, the audience is treated to what is basically a very simple concept but one that proves to be a veritable cornicopia of highly hilarious comedy moments. Some of my favourite scenes include Carrey getting his pet dog to not just use but also flush the toilet; the scene at breakfast one morning when girlfriend, Jennifer Anniston asks "Is it just me, or do you think my boobs have gotten bigger?" and a later moment where Carrey takes blissful revenge upon his bitter rival, Steve Carrell by causing him to babble incoherently in the middle of a news broadcast!
This movie is a vehicle that has been perfectly designed with Carrey in mind and it is difficult to imagine the film with anyone else playing the lead role! In every scene, Carrey just steals the moment from his co-stars (except maybe Morgan Freeman at times who still manages to hold his own!) and it is nice, as in Liar, Liar, to see him starring in a comedy that as well as just being remarkably silly, also manages to successfully convey a deeper, underlying message.
There is not a single moment in this film that ever disappoints and this really IS one of Carrey's finest ever roles to date! If I had one critiscism to make it is perhaps that the effects of Bruce's tampering aren't always as fully explored as much as I might like (after one scene in which Bruce pulls the moon closer to Earth in a bid to create a more romantic atmosphere, we see that the results of this have created changes in the lunar tides that cause parts of China to become swamped in freak floods- but the film never goes into much more detail than this) but this is just me trying to find something negative to say about what is an otherwise brilliant film and the fact that these scenes are even in the film is a reflection of the Director's maturity.
All in all, it is difficult aside from Liar, Liar, to remember when Carrey has ever been this good or quite so polished in a comedy role. Certainly this is one of the funniest movies he has ever been in and, if you have never sat and watched this before, the big question has to be why?
Even if you are not the biggest Jim Carrey fan in the whole world ever, I am sure you will find plenty to like in this highly enjoyable romp that promises nothing it fails to deliver!
If you are a fan of Jim Carey you will absolutely love this film because this is him at this best. People who have not seen Jim Carey will fall in love with him after they have seen this film.
The main characters consist of Bruce (Jim Carey) Grace (Jennifer Aniston) and God (Morgan Freeman).
This film is hilarious and has some of the outtakes from when the made the film, mostly just Jim messing around like it does, such a laugh. There are also some deleted scenes which add to the enjoyment of watching the film.
The film is a about a man (Bruce) who isn't having the best of luck and is blaming God for deliberately picking on him. Describing him as "A mean kid with a magnifying glass on an ant hill".
God has had enough with his moaning and starts bugging him. Like paging him, until he agrees to meet him but Bruce does not know that it is god contacting him.
After some persuading, Bruce learns that it is God and he gives Bruce the power of God.
So therefore he rights a few wrongs in his life and starts to fix the problems of other people.
I don't want to ruin the film for you so im going to let you decide for yourself whether you like this film or not. You won't be disappointed; this is one of the best comedy films out there.
Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is reporter for Channel 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo, NY. When Bruce gets passed over for a promotion during a live feed for the channel and after having a slight breakdown, he finally looses respect for everything and blames God for not listening to him or helping him out. Bruce's girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Anniston) tells Bruce not to blame God and that he obviously has some sort of plan for him. Bruce and Grace have an argument, leaving Bruce to "call out" God: "Smite Me Oh Mighty Smiter"...
God (Morgan Freeman) hears Bruce's cry and ends up giving him some of his powers whilst he takes a vacation (apparently that's why we had the Dark Ages!). Bruce discovers he has all these amazing powers, but unfortunately uses them for personal gain.
Things go from bad to worse for Bruce until he finally realises what is important in his life...
** My Opinion **
I do enjoy watching Jim Carrey do his kind of slapstick humour, and this film is no exception. From the moment Bruce gains God's powers you just know he is going to push the boundaries. From using post-it notes to record all prayers, to making a monkey fly out of someone's nether regions, it is non-stop brilliance.
I think Steve Carrell playing Evan Baxter, Bruce's arch-enemy is superb during the auto-cue scene. He and Jim Carrey play off each other so well.
There is predictably a moral to the story and a slightly Hollywood ending, but the laughs during the film more than make up for the slightly pappy end.
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Bruce Almighty is one of Jim Carrey's better recent comedies, given how hit and miss he has been in the 2000s. It's a zany film and raised a fair amount of controversy for being blasphemous and also for portraying God as black, but trifling aside, this is an impressive comedy film thanks to some really stellar visual effects and endearing performances, most of all from Carrey himself.
Carrey plays Bruce Nolan, a TV news anchor who always seems to get stuck with the fluff pieces, and is passed over for a promotion in favour of his rather rude competition, Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell, in the performance that really brought him to fame). He begins to think that God is picking on him, causing God (Morgan Freeman) to contact him and bestow him with celestial powers, so he can do whatever he likes and see how it pans out.
Of course, whilst at first it's great - he corrects a few wrongs and has a bit of fun with it (like parting his soup as though he were parting the Red Sea), he soon learns that he has to, like a "real" God, answer prayers, and so finds himself soon becoming inundated, with the job encroaching on his ACTUAL job as a news anchor. He also struggles to juggle it with his girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston), who is concerned that she's going to lose him to his egotistical fancies as a demi-God.
Ultimately it's a cheeky and pretty wholesome film about how the world isn't always fair, and has a really solid laugh ratio. A lot of the laughs are effects driven, but they're very well composed and never look cheesy or poorly rendered. Carrey is back on form.
It's a great concept for a film, and I thoroughly enjoyed the execution. It's a predictable film, but Carrey's usual flair is there, and there are some hilarious scenes in here.
Bestowing an in-form Jim Carrey with godlike powers is a sure recipe for comedy. The film finds Carrey playing Bruce Nolan, a frustrated Buffalo TV reporter, stuck doing puff-pieces while a lesser colleague (Steven Carell) gets the anchor job he covets. Bruce demands an explanation from God (a well-cast Morgan Freeman), who decides to let Bruce take over while he takes a brief vacation from his duties as diety.