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
Despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston - Rock Star, The Good Girl
), local TV reporter Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey - The Grinch, Liar, Liar
) doesnt think the world is treating him fairly. Then, after his worst day ever, Bruce angrily rants against God for ruining his life and mismanaging the universe. So God (Morgan Freeman - The Sum Of All Fears, Deep Impact
and endows Bruce with all of His powers to see if Bruce can do a better job. From the hit-making director of Liar, Liar
and the writer who brought you The Nutty Professor
all hilarity breaks loose when a little divine intervention lets the always unpredictable Jim Carrey spend a week playing God!
Jim Carrey returns to his zany, manic roots in this Capra-esque comedy from director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
, Liar, Liar
). Carrey stars as Bruce Nolan, a television reporter in Buffalo, New York who lives a normal life with his sweet girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston). But Bruce isn't satisfied, and after a particularly bad day where everything goes wrong, he blames God. After spewing a tirade of curses God's way, God (Morgan Freeman in a gentlemanly white suit) responds and challenges Bruce to take over and see if he can run things better. Of course, there are some conditions; Bruce can only have the "almighty" powers for 24 hours and only in the Buffalo area. This doesn't stop Bruce, and he responds to his newfound powers with selfish, childlike zeal. Like a kid in a sweet shop, Bruce sets off making one hysterical, yet disastrous, decision after another. He pulls the moon closer to the earth so he can have a more romantic evening with Grace, unaware that his actions cause a tidal wave in Japan and responds to the prayers of the world with a mass-email "yes" that creates millions of lottery winners, riots, and mayhem. Ultimately, Bruce proves he is only human, and cannot possibly fill God's shoes, although he has a great time trying.
DVD UNIVERSAL, 12529729591, 2005 UK PAL Region 2