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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Tom Shadyac / Actors: Steve Carell, John Goodman ... / DVD released 09 October, 2007 at Universal Studios / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC

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      29.04.2011 13:21
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      I now issue a new commandment: Thou shalt do the dance.

      Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell), a Buffalo News Reporter is elected to Congress with the slogan, "Change the world." He finds a fantastic large new home in the suburbs for his family, receives a luxury office in congress, but there is reason for this, he has been chosen by the corrupt Senator Long (John Goodman) to co-sponsor a bill which would allow National parks to be redeveloped for business.

      Evan is spoken to by god (Morgan Freeman, who else) who asks him politely but without a get-out to build an ark, he doesn't explain why, Evan is overwhelmed to do so, he grows an impossibly long beard, sports robes (All of these things forced by god) and becomes an object of national ridicule, especially as there is a drought, as even his family doubt him and Senator Long hatches a plan to have the developing Ark destroyed can Evan change the world, or has he really lost the plot?


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      I was bought this by my Grandma for Christmas and in all honesty haven't watched it till now as it sounded easy and a bit childish, I'm glad I did watch it, it is fun, funny and involves the viewers throughout. The story is a well told but updated one, the idea of updating it works, as the idea of an Ark seems as ridiculous today, but it makes sense when God appears as a waiter in a restaurant to Evan's wife when she doubts him most and explains why the idea of all animals entering the ark two by two is actually about love. For me this is a nice film with a big heart.

      I'm not going to discuss deep meanings or sub-plots, this is just a nice film, the story develops well, the music is suitable, the actors are clearly having fun (See the end credits where everybody gets down to the music of 'everybody dance now' to see how much fun they had), and the special effects aren't too much.

      Carrell is excellent, I could watch him reading the yellow pages, he has charisma, personality and really gets you rooting for him, his character isn't perfect but he takes his task to heart and gets on with it, it's clear he isn't a builder, but as god has lent him the 'Ark for Dummies' book he doesn't have to be, the Ark is a massive task and looks great when finished, the animals look real and the story flows to a perfect feel-good conclusion with a message that is fair but not too pushy.

      Lauren Graham is excellent as Evan's doubting wife, Morgan Freeman is calm, commanding, funny and clearly enjoys every minute of his role as god, the chemistry between him and Carrell is easy and enjoyable, Goodman is good as the horrible Senator, whilst Wanda Sykes gets a lot of funny lines as one of Evan's assistants, Jonah Hill doesn't have much to do as a suck-up PA. While Ed Helms (of the American Office and Hangover fame) is a snidey reporter.

      This is a family film that the kids will love and so will the parents it has a good mix of humour and a message which is hard to ignore, never preachy, always funny, I'd commend my grandma's taste in films on this occasion (But will still put off watching the Eddie Murphy Nutty Professor/Flumps boxset she also bought me until I'm very desperate.

      The DVD is available for £2.99 in Tesco or for less than a pound on Marketplace, definitely worth it if you have a young family, or if you just like gentle comedy.

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        16.10.2010 11:36
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        Better than you might expect it to be!

        I went into this belated sequel to Bruce Almighty with low expectations but was surprised to find this was better than I thought! Steve Carrell returns as Anchorman Evan Baxter reprising his role from the first film but here swapping his job at the newsdesk for one as a member of Congress. Uprooting his family and re-locating them in a new home in a new city, things are tough enough already but when he takes the advice of his wife and prays for God to help him change the world, the last thing he expects is for God to pay him a visit!

        God tells him he wants Evan to build an Ark and though Evan intially refuses, he soon finds himself pursued by lots and lots of animals; all seemingly following him in pairs! As a last resort, around the same time as he begins growing a beard he cannot shave, Evan relents and begins building his Ark much to the despair of his family who believe him to be cracking up but to the sheer delight of the media who leap on him as the world's next big crackpot!

        What could have been an epic disaster of a movie is actually very funny and there are some real laugh out loud moments! Morgan Freeman repises his role as God and steals every scene he is in with his presence and what we are left with is a film that is both heart-warming, fluffy and highly amusing. Carrell shows off his mainstream comedic talents far better here than he did in 40 Year Old Virgin (watch out for the blink and you'll miss it in-joke here...a movie theatre showing The 40 Year old Virgin Mary! lol) and demonstrates just how funny he can be given the right script and a clever story!

        If you have seen the trails or heard about this and thought, like me, I probably won't bother then give it a second chance! This is a nice happy little film that is a genuine pleasure to watch!

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          20.08.2010 22:45
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          Funny!

          I went to see Evan Almighty at the cinema with a friend and once it was released onto DVD I knew I would end up buying it because I had really enjoyed it.
          The film is directed by Tom Shadyac who also directed the first film, Bruce almighty and a variety of other films such as Liar, Liar, and Patch Adams.


          The story:
          The film follows Newsman Evan Baxter as he leaves news reading to become a congressman after working with Bruce Nolan in the film Bruce almighty and moves home to Virginia to start a new life whilst trying to ''change the world''. He makes a prayer to god after moving into his new home and that's when god starts to send all these messages to him to tell him he needs to build an ark. Evan thinks he just under a lot of stress at first until he starts to realise all the clues god has been giving him are important so decides to listen to him - some great comic moments ensue especially where his family are concerned as they just don't understand why he is building this ark.


          Characters:
          Evan is really quite keen to do well in his new role and Steve Carell does a great job as Evan. We see how he struggles to understand what is happening to him and of course is also a little freaked out but, he such a well suited actor for a comedy role that he pulls of all this perfectly. He has great facial expressions that he uses as well that make some moments a lot funnier.
          Evans wife is played by Lauren Graham. I think she did pretty well her in role as she did show how completely baffled she was when Evan started to act a bit odd and you could see how she came across as being confused as to why her husband would need to suddenly start building an Ark! However, she soon decided to support him and stand by her husband and help.
          As with the first film, Morgan Freeman plays God and it is such a good role for him as the way he speaks and his authority but, calming manner certainly comes across well for a role that is supposed to be portraying somebody of the highest order!


          DVD extras:
          My DVD has a flood of extras but, some of them I have never even bothered with. The ones I like the most are the out takes because whenever they screw up a scene they really have a laugh about it!
          They have the usual deleted scenes, the actors telling us about why they enjoyed making this film and another one which I thought was quite good was how when they made the film the producers decided they wanted to make it as green as possible because of the storyline and so gave everybody bikes to ride around on! It showed many of the cast using these and all the bikes they got in so everybody had one which of course was a huge amount!


          Price:
          I bought my DVD off of Play which is where I buy the majority of mine because I can always get them at such good prices and with free delivery and I paid £3.99 which isn't too bad. However, if you are not fussed about owning a second hand copy then you can always look online on certain auction sites.


          Overall opinion:
          I really enjoyed this film and I think I enjoyed it ever so slightly more than Bruce Almighty. For me this was probably to do with the fact that there are a lot of animals used during the film so this I liked to watch but, also I feel the film had a great actor in Steve Carell and he really brought the character of Evan to life and for me this made the film more enjoyable. I think as well that I also thought the film as a whole was funnier than Bruce Almighty so even though I enjoyed the first film this was even better.
          I think if you did enjoy the first and as long as you don't dislike Steve Carell you would probably enjoy this one too. Whether or not you enjoy it more or less is probably personal opinion but, I really do think it is a very good film.

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            18.03.2010 02:25
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            Evan Almighty

            Evan Almighty was something that i was really looking forward to watching as i really enjoyed Bruce Almighty, and really like films starring Steve Carell. Evan Baxter is played by Steve Carell, Evan is a person who is obsessed with his personal image and cleanliness. Evan has just left his job as a news anchor person to take a job as a congressman. This means that as well as a new job him and his family have to move house as well.

            Evans wife Joan (played by Heather Graham) is a really nice sight in this movie, she is more well known for playing Loreli Gilmore in the Gilmore girls and i haven't seen her in a movie before it was really nice to see her as a fresh face in movies. She is the housewife who takes care of the kids and the house.

            From the beginning of the film there are clues thrown in like his alarm clock going off at 6:14 every morning even when not connected to the socket and also the number of the bill in the congress. When he researches this he finds out that this is connected to a passage in the bible, for noahs ark.

            Animals start following him around and he recieves gifts of wood and tools, after a visit from god (morgan freeman) he realises that he doesn't have any choice but to build this boat.

            This film is really predictable, before seeing the film you realise that his life is going to become a little dysfunctional and people are going to think that he has gone crazy. The Ark starts to bring him and his kids together after drifting apart because of his new job.

            I'm not going to say that i didn't find this film entertaining but i found it very average. I found that Bruce Almighty was so much better than this film. Other than an apperance from Heather Graham and Jonah Hill I didn't really get any delight from the other characters. I loved Jonah hill playing a geeky, keen person within the congress.

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              17.02.2010 23:51
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              Fully recommended. Go watch!

              Main Characters:
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              God: Morgan Freeman
              Evan Baxter: Steve Carell
              Joan Baxter: Lauren Graham
              Congressman Long: John Goodman

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              Evan Baxter has got it all - family, job, and his looks. He leaves his newsman job behind and becomes elected to Congress, so therefore has to move out of his old town. When he gets there, he finds that his house is huge; and his job is going great. However, what will happen when God pays him a visit? Evan sees signs of '614' everywhere and tracks it down to a passage in the Bible about Noah's Ark. God tells Evan that he needs to build this Ark in preparation for a huge flood about to occur; but what will Evan think of this? Will he actually build the Ark? Or will he disobey God?

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              I really enjoyed this film. Sometimes I feel as though sequels don't live up to their predecessors, but this one really did. It didn't seem to try to mimic Bruce Almighty in any way, but had a hugely different story to it; a great thing to do. The storyline to this film is really well written; everything eventually slots into place and gives a twist to the whole aspect of life.

              The actors play their parts well; I don't necessarily enjoy most of the films that Steve Carell has been in, but this role is one he's played amazingly. Morgan Freeman is great in any role that he does, so naturally this role is a great one for him. You can really start to think that he could be God, even though we all know this isn't true - simply because he plays the part perfectly. Evan's family act well, but since the film is based around Carell, we don't really get to see them act much.

              I really loved the animals in this film too; they'd all been trained to perform and you could tell. The monkeys and the elephants were helping Evan build the Ark along with tigers and wolves, something which you don't see every day! Also, the animals were so great that they added their own little comedic parts to it; you have to see the film to know what I'm talking about, but they were funny!

              The moral at the end of the film was good; ARK standing for 'Act of Random Kindness' and showing Evan that not everything has to be done in order to change the world. I personally think this film is a funny, well-written, well-acted one which anyone would be a fool to miss. It is as good as the first, if not better, and I would fully recommend it to anyone of any age.

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                07.02.2010 19:18
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                The kids will probably enjoy this more than me

                Not really one for family comedy films, I somewhat begrudgingly settled down to watch Evan Almighty this Saturday as it aired on ITV. I enjoyed Bruce Almighty but it wasn't my favourite film! Evan Almighty is in the same vein; a 'normal' guy who has a few personality faults gets visited by God and given powers. Over the course of the film, they complete the tasks asked of them and do a little bit of self discovery along the way!

                Evan Baxter is a newly promoted US congressman who is neurotic, obsessed with cleanliness and order, and most of all, completely disrespectful to the natural world. After moving his family into a new house (built on an estate that used to be forestry) he is given the rather important job of helping push through a bill to reduce the area of a national park. It's also around this time that the phrase 'Gen. 6 14' crops up every now and again. Yes, that is the Bible passage in which God says to Noah 'you will build an ark out of Cyprus wood'. Soon, God himself (played by Morgan Freeman, as in Bruce Almighty) turns up and spells it out for our reluctant carpenter. Slowly, two of every animal starts to appear... I'll leave it there for the plot, even though it's not exactly the most unpredictable of films!

                Steve Carell plays the lead this time, taking over from the more minor role he had in the previous film. He's not my favourite actor, I'll admit, but he does do good comedy! In this role he shows that he can do childrens comedy as well as the more adult films that he's made a name for himself in. There are quite a few decent laughs in the film and most of them come from him. The supporting cast are strong, but again, nothing special.

                Overall, whilst I enjoyed this film and feel it's definitely something I'd watch with my young cousins, it was nothing amazing and probably not one that I'd be compelled to watch again or even buy the DVD of. This is a shame, because there is essentially nothing wrong with the film - the acting is sound, the plot is alright and the comedy, whilst being a little bit juvenile in places, is funny!

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                  31.12.2009 00:19
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                  Great enjoyment to be had

                  Evan Almighty is an entertaining comedy from the director of Bruce Almighty and Liar Liar. When Bruce almighty was released in 2004 it proved to very popular and that sparked this movie which although not exactly a sequel is extremely similar and stars Steve Carrell in the lead role who had a smaller part in the Bruce Almighty film.

                  Steve Carrell stars as a US congressman by the name of Evan Baxter who wishes to change the world and make things better especially with corrupt politicians around and sub standard building work going on. His desire is answered by Morgan Freeman who once again plays God. He appears to Evan with a strange request that he become a modern day Noah and build an ark.

                  However, Evan is obviously unconvinced as Bruce was in the this film's predecessor. So of course God sets about proving that it's realy and convincing him of the fact. He thinks he is losing the plot and his sanity until deliveries of wood and tools mysteriously start appearing on his doorstep, followed by animals flocking to him two by two. So he sets about building an ark against his family's wishes and to top it all he starts to grow hair at an alarming rate and before long has a long grey beard and no matter how much he shaves back it grows back quicker.

                  I really enjoy watching Steve Carrell and I think he is a very good actor and comical too. His personality wins you over in most of his movies. He plays a real nice guy in this movie although he does work too much and doesn't spend enough time with his children. However, the ark building eventually draws them together as a family.

                  For those who are familiar with the Bible and religion, there are a lot of religious jokes scattered about the film which are pretty good.

                  Morgan Freeman does a good job again as he did in Bruce Almighty playing God once again and he is very popular and keeps you interested in his characters.

                  Overall I think this fun family film and pretty funny as well. They have tried to modernise a bible story of the Noah's ark and make it in present day to interest the watchers which it does. I think it's on a par with Bruce Almighty really and equally as funny. Worth a watch especially if you liked Bruce Almighty

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                    06.12.2009 23:15
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                    Could have been clever and biting but it isn't

                    note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

                    Bruce Almighty was quite the hit in 2004, and was a very fun comedy not only thanks to Jim Carrey's comic excellence, but to the numerous supporting roles, such as Morgan Freeman as God, and Steve Carell in a breakout performance as the irritating news reporter Evan Baxter, which allowed him to graduate onto more success in roles such as The 40 Year Old Virgin and the US remake of the UK TV show The Office.

                    Once Baxter has left the world of news reporting and has become a politician, however, he starts to notice strange things around him: the animals follow him, and his beard won't shave off. Soon enough, he is contacted by God (Freeman), who informs him that soon enough a huge flood is going to come, and he must build an Ark in order to protect the people and animals around him. However, he tries unsuccessfully to juggle this with his personal life, causing his wife to question him, and his boss at work also temporarily suspends him on the count of him dressing like Jesus during the construction of the ark.

                    Sadly, while well intended and impressively mounted, there's just enough here to laugh at, and the end result is a thoroughly underwhelming effort that's low on charm and wit. Better than I initially expected, Evan Almighty has great visual effects and a fun cast, but it's essentially an unnecessary cash-in sequel that doesn't do enough to make it anything more than a perfunctory money-spinner. It's not particularly funny, and aside from an impressive climatic scene, one must wonder what made this the most expensive comedy of all time.

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                    a really good film to watch with the family

                    After watching bruse almighty i thought that this film wouldnt compare to it, nus susprisigly i found the film really quite amusing. This film is basically about a man who gets a really good job and moves to a bigger house with his family , then not much after this he starts to get signs that he should make a ark just like noah and put all the animals on this ark. After he starts making the ark everybody thinks he is crazy and things start to fall apart for him, such as his wife and kids leave him. Evan starts to turn into noah, by growing a beard and so forth, then his wife has signs that she has to go back to him and she does and then the kids also help to build the ark. This film is very funny and will make you laugh rather alot.

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                    An entertaining film for all the family

                    Evan Almighty is like a follow-on from Bruce Almighty, which starred Jim Carrey as Bruce, and Morgan Freeman as God. Here Morgan Freeman reprises his role as God to ask Junior congressman Evan Baxter, played by Steve Carell, to build an ark. Evan is convinced he is losing his mind, until deliveries of ark-building materials start to appear, and animals start following him, two by two of course, and his world is turned upside-down.

                    Carell plays the part of Evan Baxter to perfection, the self-absorbed persona and his mannerisms making the crazy things that are happening to him all the more entertaining. and of course, Morgan Freeman is yet again excellent as God. I can't imagine anyone else having the same effect in the role of the calm, wise, and ultimately all powerful character that is portrayed in the film.

                    Parts of the film are quietly amusing, while others are laugh out loud funny. The film is not masterpiece, and it's not even a fantastic comedy, but it has everything it needs to be a good entertaining family film, with a good script, a lot of laughs, some great special effects (some of the scenes with the animals are just beautiful), and an unlikely hero.

                    The plot in general is quite predictable, you have a guy who's been told by god to build an ark, his life starts falling apart and people think he's crazy, but it's a feel-good film where you just know everything's going to come right for him in the end.

                    Despite this not being on my list of films I wanted to see, I actually really enjoyed it. I found myself willing Evan on and wanting everything to turn out right for him, and as far as I'm concerned anything that makes me care about the characters is a good film! It's not brilliant, it's not intelligent, it's just a bit of good fun that everyone can enjoy.

                    The film runs for 1hr 32 minutes, and there are 1hr 6 minutes worth of extras on there, including deleted scenes and outtakes, as well as some explanations of how some of the effects are created, which are quite interesting if you're into that kind of thing.

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                      01.07.2009 12:59
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                      Modern twist of an ancient tale

                      Synopsis
                      Newly elected to Congress, Evan Baxter leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia. Once there, his life gets turned upside-down when God appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark. But his befuddled family just can't decide whether Evan is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of Biblical proportions...

                      Story
                      The story starts when Buffalo news' anchorman, Evan Baxter has just been elected to congress.He wants to change the world Him , his wife Joan and their three sons pack up and move to Viginia to a brand new house on a brand new development.
                      Once there they find a stray dog hanging about, Evan's sons want to keep the dog and the youngest decides to pray for it. Joan joins in weith the praying and she prays for the family to become closer together. in the middle of the night Evan gets upp and prays for god's help to change the world.
                      The next day is Evan's first day in his new office, as he leaves the house he finds that a large crate of tools has been delivered to his house. When he arrives at his office one of the other congressmen, Congressmen long approaches Evan to co-sponsor his new bill which will make to possilbe to develope land ihe national parks. Intially Evan agrees but then strange things start to happen to him.
                      Animals suddenly begin following Evan around, loads of wood is delivered to his home and he finds out he's purchased another eight lots on his developmentwithout even knowing about it.
                      Then god appears to Evan and asks him to build an Ark beacuse a flood is coming and no matter what Evan does to retaliate or fight it he must build that Ark.

                      Cast
                      Evan Baxter - Steve Carell (Bruce Almighty)
                      Joan Baxter - Lauren Graham (Because I Said So)
                      God - Morgan Freeman (Bruce Almighty)
                      Congressman Long - John Goodman (Confessions Of A Shopaholic)
                      Rita - Wanda Sykes (My Super Ex-girlfriend)
                      Marty - John Michael Higgins (Yes Man)
                      Eugene - Jonah Hill (Superbad)

                      Director
                      Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty)

                      Writer
                      Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty)

                      My Opinion
                      I quite enjoyed Bruce Almighty when I saw it so I thought this looked quite good, especially as Steve Carell is on of the best comedy actors around at the moment. I wasn't disappointed.
                      he acting in the film is pretty average, Steve Carell put in an admirial performance as Evan a man on the edge. Lauren Graham, who I know best from the Gilmore Girls, is quite underated as an actress I think she's really expressive but she wasn't really given her chance to shine here. Wanda Sykes as Rita got a lot of good lines and I was surprised by John Goodman playing a baddie, but not impressed I found him a little on the wooden side.
                      In compaision to Bruce Almighty, although wrttien and directed by the same team I found the comedy in this movie a lot more subtle and the storyline better.
                      Some people may find this quite predictable with it beng a feel good movie it's obviousl that there is going to be a happy ending but it's fun and enjoyable and one you can watch with all the family.
                      Another plus is that you don't have to have seen Bruce Almighty to watch this one.

                      Year: 2007
                      Cert: PG
                      Running Time 96minutes

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                        Not as funny as Bruce Almighty but judged on its own still an excellent movie

                        This film sees Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) as an elected congressman in Washington who has based all of his political life on changing the world he is a man who spends no real time with his three sons and drives around in his gas guzzler of an SUV. When Evan has an encounter with God (Morgan Freeman) he is told that a huge storm is coming and that Evan must build an ark big enough for two of each animal which Evan decides he must do but as he begins his task he risks losing everything as people question his sanity, his ability to do his job and his family can Evan manage to convince people that he is right and the flood is coming?

                        I loved the Bruce Almighty and this follow up was one I had high hopes for and it did not disappoint. The film is fantastic and hilarious with a great plot and excellent script but for me the film does not live up to the same hilarious standards as the original as Steve Carell despite puting in a great performance just does not have the same style of comedy or the quality of delivery for this kind of film. I still liked the film and it was funny and well though out but don't expect the same laughs as Bruce Almighty as you will feel slightly disappointed.

                        This is a great comedy but when judged against the original (Bruce Almighty) it will not live up to your expectations so just judge it on its own merits.

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                        A good film for all the family!!

                        I have wanted to watch this since I saw it advertised as out in the cinemas, I have seen Bruce Almighty and adored it, and so when this came out by the same makers, and with a similar flow to it, I thought it looked like it would be a good film, but for some reason I just never got round to watching it and then it kind of went out of my head.

                        Then the the other day I was in Blockbuster, and as always I got a scary film, and then a funny film to tone it down afterwards so I didn't get myself all scared after it and not be able to sleep...turned out to be a wise move after the freaky film I watched first!

                        So, Evan Almighty wass to be the chosen one, we got it home, and after the scary film popped it into the DVD player, and for 40 minutes were sitting having a giggle at the film, until the DVD started playing up and wouldn't play any more, I wass devastated, I tried cleaning it and cleaning it with no avail, and so decided i may as well cut my losses and take it out.

                        I was really rather upset, despite us (hopefully) getting our money back from Blockbuster for the rubbish DVD quality, I was upset I hadn't been able to watch the film, and was made up when today I got to my mums and threw on Sky Movies to see it was on Sky Comedy!!! :-)

                        So I finally got to watch the film!!!

                        The Plot:

                        The film is about news reported come US Congrassman Evan Baxter, he has moved his wife June and his 3 sons to New York for his new job, they live in a beautiful house, and his job prospects look high, but his family life is slipping away. But, he has vowed to "change the world" and so afetr a chat with his wife about prayers, he makes one to God to help him change the world.

                        The next day after been woken up at 6:14 by his alarm clock despite setting it for 7am, he has a strange delivery of old tools to his front door, but as the house number was wrong (it was supposed to be sent to 614, and he lived at 416) he guessed it had been delivered to the wrong address.

                        The next morning, again he is awaken at 6:14...he has another strange delivery this time of timber in his garden, again supposed to be sent to 614 not 416...he thinks is strange...then starts to realise the number 614 is popping up alot...most of the time with Gen in front of it....upon grabbing himself a Bible, he reads "Build an Ark of Gopher Wood"...when he goes outside he is introduced to no other than God himself (played by Morgan Freeman...I don't know what hardcore christians will think of God been played by a black man...but to me he was the perfect role!). God tells Evan he must build an ark as a flood is on its way, just like in Noah's story...

                        Things start going strange for Evan, he is been followed by animals, his hair and beard won't stop growing, and he can wear nothing but a robe like Noahs. He is in jeaoprdy of losing his job, and his family if he isn't careful, but he soon becomes to realise what he must do...he must build the ark no matter what...

                        I won't spoil the ending by telling you what happens in the end!!!!

                        Evan is played by the US Office series actor Steve Carell (40 Year old Virgin), who plays an excellent role in this film!!!

                        I must admit, I thought the film would be a little bit more funny, but instead I found it in someplaces heartwarming, but did sit and have a good giggle in some parts!! Its not as good as Bruce Almighty, its predecessor. But, it is a good watch and the kind of film you can throw on and understand easily and not have to think too hard about whats going on and how things have happened.

                        Its a good film for both adults and kids alike, a good one for famly movie nights!!!!!!

                        I definitely recommend this film if you like Steve Carell, and films like Bruce Almighty, Dr Doolittle and Big Momma's house. Its a great watch, and I think you'll all love it!!

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                          25.02.2009 12:29
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                          A Poor Sequel

                          He's On A Mission From God
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                          News anchor man and would be Senator Evan Baxter (Steve Carrel) takes no prisoners. He is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it and has little time for others. All that changes when God (Morgan Freeman) contacts him and asks him to build him an Ark just like Noah did.

                          Animals suddenly start following him around and he grows a beard with alarming speed.
                          This of course leads him to be seen as a bit of a looney by the towns folk, but of course he has God on his side.

                          Conclusion
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                          Now, I am not a religious person in any way but I did enjoy Bruce Almighty quite a lot. So, it's with some reservations that I went into this film, having heard bad things. I wouldn't say I was pleasantly surprised, more mildly amused.

                          Steve Carrell played the hate character in the first film, but since then his career has take off in quite a big way. He is talented and certainly deserves lead roles, such as his role in the 40 year old virgin. I think this is a role to get his name in Hollywood, he is better in the excellent Get Smart.

                          Wise old Moran Freeman reprises his role as God. If there was a God, I'd like it to be Morgan. Of course, he could do this with his eyes shut. He's a much less interesting character that he first film.

                          We all know John Goodman is always the good guy. Here he's the bad guy who wants to develop a national park. I just can't take to him as the bad guy. Poor casting I think.

                          The plot of Evan Almighty is pretty thin to say the least. I think they were trying too hard to have a "message". The message is be good to your family and to the environment. Please, pass me the tissues. I find films with messages are usually annoying. It ticks a lot of movie cliche's, including the father who works too hard and neglects his kids. I think the "message" came at the expense of comedy. It's all a bit to nice really.

                          The special effects are actually pretty good. Especially near the end, which I think most people will see coming, I won't spoil it for you here. It's almost a shame that the plot wasn't more interesting as it seems a bit of a waste. This must be where the supposed massive budget went, it certainly didn't go on jokes.

                          I know Jim Carrey annoys a lot of people but I quite like him, in fact I am surprised he doesn't annoy me. This film could have benefited from his talents here. However, he probably read the script and thought better of it.

                          There's nothing offensive here, as a family film it works fine. In fact I'd say it is more of a children's film, even if there are some things that will go over their heads. A bit like the drink problem thing from Airplane when I was a kid, now that is a comedy.

                          So, to sum up, it's not a bad film, certainly not as bad as I was expecting but it's a long way short of the original. This is a comedy after all, and to be honest I didn't laugh much at all. This really is a cash in on the success of the first film. The film length is just about right, it certainly couldn't sustain anything longer. If you have kids then I think it will keep them amused for a while. I can't see them making another sequel, at least I hope they don't. I'd say it just scrapes three stars in my book. Thankfully Steve Carrell has moved on to better things now. I wouldn't rush out to buy the DVD.

                          Recommend for TV viewing.

                          Main Cast List
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                          Steve Carell - Evan Baxter
                          Morgan Freeman - God
                          Lauren Graham - Joan Baxter
                          John Goodman - Congressman Long

                          Directed By : Tom Shadyac
                          Running Time : 96 Mins.
                          Certificate : PG

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                            23.02.2009 00:40
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                            This film is a good follow-up to the film: Bruce Almighty. I had to admit I, again, wasn't totally excited when my mom picked this up for a 3 for £20 (now 4 for £20). I reckon it just didn't appeal to me. I tried making sure no one chose this film by putting this at the bottom of the pile or mixing it with the ones we had already watch, but my mom's too clever and wanted to watch this. Again I felt it wouldn't be as good as it looked, and after watching "I Am Legend" the night before, who could blame me?

                            Tom Shadyac happens to be the director of this film. If I had based his directing skills on the trailer, specifically, I would say they wasn't too good, but after watching the actual film, I changed my mind, it was really good and I think that the director did pretty well at directing this film. Tom has also directed "Bruce Almighty", and "Liar, Liar" and many more, though the rest I have not heard. He is also a comedian, producer and writer! And I hope to see more of his films!

                            Steve Carell as Evan Baxter
                            Morgan Freeman as God
                            Lauren Graham as Joan Baxter
                            John Goodman as Congressman Chuck Long
                            Wanda Sykes as Rita Daniels
                            John Michael Higgins as Marty Springer
                            Jonah Hill as Eugene Tenanbaum
                            Jimmy Bennett as Ryan Baxter
                            Graham Phillips as Jordan Baxter
                            Johnny Simmons as Dylan Baxter
                            Molly Shannon as Eve Adams
                            Ed Helms as Ed Carson

                            Steve Carell plays Evan Baxter. I don't know why but I've never liked Steve Carell, but as I get older and happen to watch more and more films in which he appears in, I think I start to like him. I don't really know why, maybe it's to do with the fact that he is a really good actor or something, I'm not too sure but he has been getting better and better. He can be seen in "The 40-Year old Virgin", "Bewitched", "Over the Hedge", and "Get Smart" and soon to be seen in "Get Smart 2".

                            God is played by Morgan Freeman. This is an actor who I will never like, I don't know why ,again, but he just isn't the person I like, I really don't know why, and should know why but I don't (if that makes any sense). He's a great actor and everything; he just isn't great in my eyes! He can be seen in, "Bruce Almighty", "The Love Guru", "The Dark Night", "Wanted" and "Batman Begins" and many, many more.

                            The Famous Wanda Sykes plays Rita Daniels. I like Wanda, and I think she is very different to the characters she plays, in real life, she doesn't seem to be at all like Stella the skunk from "Over The Hedge", and again I don't think she's much like, Ruby in "Monster-In-Law", I think she might be a really great person, when she's not acting. She is brilliant at acting and she becomes a character very easily and you totally believe that character is real. And I love watching films she is in!

                            The others are pretty famous but I thought I should not bore you!

                            I think everyone knows this storyline, anyway, there's a guy called Evan Baxter, who gets a message from God to build an ark as there would be a flood, only no one believes him. He turns into Noah, he has a beard that won't shave off and white long hair. Also birds and animals are following, he ends up having to make this ark, and this brings the family closer together!

                            As you already know I wasn't too excited to watch this. But I was momentary surprised that I started to enjoy it and laughed when I was meant to (Made a change as I laugh at scary bits in horror films!). Anyway I did enjoy this, and the animals that help makes it funnier.

                            My favourite character had to be the monkey. He made this film really, really funny! And also I reckon I have seen this monkey before, could it be possible that he was the monkey in "Night at the Museum"? Or am I just completely wrong? I think I could be right though as both monkey's antics are almost the same and they look like one another.

                            This was a very enjoyable film and I reckon you'll enjoy it as well. Thanks for reading!

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