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Bruce Almighty
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by Matt Mulcahey

"Does this mean Lauren Holly and Renee Zellweger are co-Satans?"
3 stars

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. OK Jim? Alrighty then.

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originally posted: 05/29/03 18:49:31
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User Comments

12/28/17 morris campbell very funny religious fanatics wont like it though 4 stars
7/20/12 Sean Harrison Absolutely hilarious. 4 stars
9/10/11 pipesrussell Jim Carey, most overated un talented actor ever. 1 stars
8/12/11 Eric Ivins One of Jim Carreys best 4 stars
7/02/09 cindy LOVE this movie, I watch it frequently, never get bored of it. 5 stars
2/28/09 R.W. Welch The only guy who ever played God convincingly was George Burns. 3 stars
6/05/08 edareenda lyerak what is my name spelled backwards? oh yeha this movie was great 50 stars 5 stars
3/30/08 Gorp why is everyone only focusing on jim carrey being funny? maybe that wasn't the point 5 stars
10/17/07 Beau it was rather funny! 3 stars
10/16/07 mb Funny 3 stars
6/27/07 gr117 There are a few bits that still make me LOL. 4 stars
6/10/07 Dark Enchantress loved it, and it was funny! 5 stars
6/09/07 fools♫gold Not bad at all: I could probably even watch it again (just maybe). Tough to rate. 4 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK How long will it take for Carrey to realize he's not funny any more? 2 stars
2/18/07 Nick Maday Better than I expected, but not great. 3 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega Hilarious Jim Carrey movie. 3 stars
1/28/07 Lisa Craven This is such a feel good movie, very funny, kept me hooked even though it's a little hokey 4 stars
1/21/07 David A. It's funny, but it has a genuinely inspirational message. 4 stars
12/07/06 justin the movie rocks!!!!! 5 stars
11/29/06 Stanley Thai A funny comedy. 4 stars
8/25/06 Nanni I really love this movie, i've watched it like 100 times!!!!! 5 stars
7/18/06 Anthony Feor Carrey strikes again 5 stars
5/22/06 Agent Sands One of Jim Carrey's best movies. Doesn't beat Eternal Sunshine, but it's good. 4 stars
5/17/06 Roy kind of corny,but funny funny guy 4 stars
5/07/06 Indrid Cold Gets a little flimsy toward the end, but overall it's genuinely funny and entertaining. 4 stars
4/22/06 Poopy Woopy B-e-autiful 5 stars
4/02/06 JRE hysterical! for all skeptical christians, it doesn't make fun of good 4 stars
3/27/06 Brian Meyer First 1/2 was a comedy. 2nd 1/2 was a chick flick. What gives? 4 stars
8/30/05 Littlepurch Loved it then, still do now. And so does everyone I know. Really a feelgood film. 5 stars
7/23/05 C Vega Carrey is good and even though there are alot of laughs, the whole film is kinda corny 3 stars
6/06/05 JD Not bad but, not Carrey at hi best, it's somewhat funny. 3 stars
4/23/05 Quigley a hilarious Jim carrey triumph. it's not Dumb and Dumber, but it rocks! Jim is the best!!! 5 stars
4/17/05 Jeff Anderson Too selfish & smug for it's own good with a laugh every now & then. M. FREEMAN REDEEMS IT!! 3 stars
4/06/05 tatum Some laughs, but also some really sucky special effects 3 stars
3/27/05 Emma A funny film. 4 stars
3/09/05 ian it's gooooooooooooood... 5 stars
2/27/05 Dan I am not religious, but this movie is funny as hell! 5 stars
1/27/05 Jack Scallops I got the power to recommend it 5 stars
9/03/04 T.B. Nasty and not funny 1 stars
7/11/04 DM Steve Carell is the movie's highlight; stay home and watch "The Daily Show" instead of this 2 stars
6/18/04 Denise Duspiva funny 4 stars
6/11/04 Raymond Lee great laughs 5 stars
6/06/04 Jim Worth it to see Carrey make anchorman spout gibberish. Reminded me of "Modern Problems". 5 stars
5/31/04 Charlene Javier A blast! 4 stars
4/14/04 alice Started out OK but then he "overdid" it again. I hate that about Jim,he's funnier otherwise 3 stars
3/09/04 bsho76 Morgan Freeman is God...nuff said 4 stars
2/28/04 Ingo Cheesy and foreseeable. 2 stars
2/20/04 Littlepurch Bit mushy at end and not as gd as Liar Liar but still hilarious. All actors were brilliant! 5 stars
1/29/04 Matt Thiel Ugh. 2 stars
1/26/04 Katie Malone Heehee! Hilarious! Jim Carrey at his best! 5 stars
1/25/04 Rapunzel Gladstone Cinematic attempts at playing God can waste even the best of actors, Freeman in this case. 2 stars
1/16/04 Gecko Fanfoot A 21st century classic. Carrey is actually funny without overdoing it as usual. 5 stars
12/31/03 Katie Miller It was hilarious 4 stars
12/28/03 Agent Sands The rest of the movie's clever & funny, & Aniston is da bomb. Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh... 5 stars
12/20/03 Gingavitus It was gr8! I played God (but I'm not Jim Carrey or Morgan Freeman, u confused readers?!) 5 stars
12/17/03 * An Idiot Who Loves Jim Carey* AWESOME! jim carey is radical! i dont why u people stay it stinks.!WEIRDOS! 5 stars
12/09/03 re Awesom movie! 5 stars
12/08/03 Sarah This movie is one of the best films I have ever seen!! 5 stars
12/07/03 Dr xaivier "It is sure to be a Hit in Hell or at least the Toilet!" 1 stars
12/05/03 bender Did it have to be so serious in act 3? Good flick otherwise. 4 stars
11/27/03 Samuel Not as good as everyone made it out to be, but still very entertaining... 4 stars
11/22/03 ross hendrick crap, jim carrey's worst! 3 stars
10/31/03 Littlepurch Soppy ending but a very funny film overall. 4 stars
8/25/03 Heather Purplethorne Atheists might well find this a good basis for a reductio ad absurdum argument. 2 stars
8/20/03 Veronica Tatterworth Slow start; Good comedy when Bruce gets power. Then sinks to dumb theology and male bashing 2 stars
8/07/03 Troy Butler Nothing special, ... occasionally very funny, but tried too hard for a bit of drama!!! 3 stars
8/03/03 Farnq Y See this movie and really laugh out loud 5 stars
8/01/03 mark angelo enriquez tells people how to be GOD in one week 4 stars
7/31/03 Eric no words in the english langauge 1 stars
7/27/03 Harry Go to Bath after seeing this Great Movie 5 stars
7/22/03 Double G An okay movie, kinda boring at some parts. 3 stars
7/08/03 kz Jimmy C is back and funny as ever 4 stars
7/05/03 lee Funny & cute - take Jim C. movies for what they are or don't see! cried laughing at parts. 4 stars
7/05/03 Mr. Hat (I'm Back MoFos!!!) What the fuck is w/ U guys & the trailer? The best parts weren't even in the goddamn thing! 5 stars
7/04/03 italian stallion Seen the trailer? ..... then u've seen the movie 3 stars
7/02/03 Jason It was funny. I was crying in spots. 5 stars
6/29/03 seldom scene not that good great bell and jennifer 2 stars
6/29/03 David A. Enough bathroom humor to be Jim Carey, but still has a senstive plot! 5 stars
6/22/03 Mike Jim Carrey making faces for 2 hours is NOT FUNNY !!! 1 stars
6/22/03 MJM103171 Slightly betterthan typical Jim Carrey 3 stars
6/17/03 Goofy Maxwell Goes to show--ya can't please everybody, nor would ya want to. 4 stars
6/17/03 Erin Everyone seems to like it so much I feel like i should to but I don't 2 stars
6/16/03 ^ZuLu^ All the good shots were shown in the trailer. Nothing funny left in the movie.Otherwise:ok. 3 stars
6/13/03 Darth Haggis Thought there would be more to it except what we saw on the trailer 1 stars
6/13/03 Markus Fuchs Great film, but the last fouth is too moral imho 5 stars
6/12/03 your worse goddamn nightmare It was funny with a few comedic twists. Just let yourself enjoy it... 4 stars
6/10/03 Brannie looks good, cant wait 5 stars
6/08/03 Hooters gurl Surprisingly amusing! I would reccommend it for a good summer popcorn comedy. 4 stars
6/03/03 Allen Geez, you people gotta lighten up! This was a cute, harmless comedy. 4 stars
6/03/03 movieboy Okay i thought it could have been funnier though 4 stars
6/03/03 Matt Good - liked it 5 stars
6/01/03 Mike C Predictable, boring and whiny. Promising idea, money grubbing execution! 1 stars
5/31/03 John "cute" 4 stars
5/30/03 Vince S'ok. Funniest part was Steve Carrell from the Daily Show. 3 stars
5/29/03 George Jung Slightly better than average summer crap. 3 stars
5/28/03 Blackops jim carrey does ok in this movie, but i would have thought it would have been funnier 3 stars
5/28/03 nick2k godammit! was this a disney film? sigh....it was fun here and there... 3 stars
5/27/03 malcolm bluestar Weak. Really weak. 2 stars
5/27/03 . LOL 5 stars
5/27/03 Hassan verry funny..... 1 stars
5/27/03 Danny B-E-A-U-tiful 4 stars
5/26/03 Tracy Awesome! U'll laugh all the way through, but it still got the drama!:) 5 stars
5/26/03 Jack Bourbon Eh is right. I can't believe how uncreative this movie is with Carrey playing God. 3 stars
5/25/03 ray laughed harder than I ever have in a movie 5 stars
5/25/03 bender funny stuff. 4 stars
5/24/03 Call me.....daddy ;-) I thought it was really good, the preachy stuff wasn't too preachy..forgot how funny JC was 4 stars
5/23/03 syrius eh.............? 2 stars
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