Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) feels that his life is pointless and, when he curses God after a particularly bad day at work, he suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the Supreme Being (Morgan Freeman). After trying to persuade Bruce that it isn't easy, God gives Bruce the chance to try the job himself and bestows all his Supreme powers to him for 7 days. Well, what can a man do if you have the Almighty's powers? However, after 6 days of fun and mayhem, much to the bemusement of Bruce's wife (Jennifer Aniston), God tells Bruce that he is disappointed and gives him 1 day to improve the world or else the world will remain in the void that Bruce has created...
Bestowing Jim Carrey with godlike powers is a ripe recipe for comedy, and Bruce Almighty
delivers the laughs that Carrey's mainstream fans prefer. The high-concept premise finds Carrey playing Bruce Nolan, a frustrated Buffalo TV reporter, stuck doing puff-pieces while a lesser colleague (the hilarious Steven Carell) gets the anchor job he covets. Bruce demands an explanation from God, who pays him a visit (in the serene form of Morgan Freeman) and lets Bruce take over while he takes a brief vacation. What does a petty, angry guy do when he's God? That's where Carrey has a field day, reuniting with his Ace Ventura
and Liar, Liar
director, Tom Shadyac, while Jennifer Aniston gamely keeps pace as Bruce's put-upon fiancée. Carrey's actually funnier before he becomes Him, and the movie delivers a sappy, safely diluted notion of faith that lacks the sincerity of the 1977 hit Oh, God!
Still, we can be thankful that Carrey took the high road and left Little Nicky to Adam Sandler. --Jeff Shannon