"Does this mean Lauren Holly and Renee Zellweger are co-Satans?"
Jim Carrey, he of the rubber face and talking sphincter, makes a welcome return to the land of funny.
Thank God, or in this case Morgan Freeman.Freeman is the Almighty in this high-concept comedy, with Carrey a local Buffalo television reporter who has just lot an anchor position to an obnoxious co-worker (the always funny Steve Carroll of Daily Show fame) and exploded on the air during his first live assignment.
Despite the fact that he gets to go home every night to girlfriend Jennifer Aniston (whose job is to look pretty, much like in the already forgotten Rock Star), Carrey is fed up with God.
Eventually God grows tired of Carrey’s constant complaining and offers him the job of deity. Abuse of power ensues (furthering his own career, dispersing with bothersome rush hour traffic and enlarging Aniston’s breasts) before Carrey predictably becomes a do-gooder.
Bruce Almighty basically follows the same formula as Carrey’s last teaming with director Tom Shadyac, Liar, Liar: Come up with a contrivance to give Carrey supernatural powers, let him act like a jackass for an hour then wrap things up with a sentimental, simplistic moral.
While the film has its share of laughs, they aren’t huge, Dumb and Dumber size laughs and most of the humor merely comes from Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey and not the underdeveloped script.
Shadyac wants to balance the silliness and the sentiment (done so well in the similarly structured but immeasurably superior Groundhog Day), but Carrey simply can’t pull off the latter. Carrey tries so damn hard to earnestly tackle the emotional scenes that he comes off as a parody of a bad actor, and there are moments when Sentimental Jim is every bit as awful as in The Majestic.
It’s like The Farrelly Brothers spending an hour making fun of fat people in Shallow Hal then ending the movie by saying “It’s what’s inside that counts.”
Bruce Almighty spends an hour showing us how unfair and rotten life can be, then ends by saying “If we’re all nice to each other and have faith everything will be alright.”Next time skip the Oscar clips and bullshit philosophizing and stick to rubbery faces and talking sphincters.