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Starring: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Anniston, Steve Carell and Philip Baker Hall
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Nolan (Jim "Yum-o-Rama" Carrey) is a small-time reporter
for a local television station in Buffalo, New York. It's "sweeps
week" which means a big chance for him to get an anchor position.
He just needs a good story.
boss sends him on a fairly important local interest story. While
Bruce prepares for his first "live" segment he hears
via his earpiece his smarmy rival Evan Baxter (a hilarious Steve
Carell) has just received the coveted spot of head honcho. Bruce
freaks out - right there - live on the air (in one of the funniest
scenes in the film). Needless to say- Bruce is promptly fired.
his way home Bruce's darkest day just goes from cloudy to hailing
softball size mayhem, and everything that could go wrong seems
to. Deflated and defeated, Bruce starts ripping the Almighty a
new one in a series of tirades and rants (of course in that way
only the great Jim Carrey could pull off). Bruce's rants are so
passionate they get him an audience with the Big Kahuna himself,
God tells Bruce to give running the universe a whirl if he thinks
he can do so much better, and hands Bruce the power over all.
( like anyone would) thinks primarily of himself and how these
new found capabilities can rectify certain wrongs and accent some
"smaller" parts of his life
there's dollops of
past Carrey films and absurd mayhem which combine to be utterly
as most folks high of their own power endorphins usually end up
(and as plot movement would have it), Bruce starts to see the
reactions to his thoughtless acts of selfishness, his lazy answering
of heartfelt prayers, and his oblivion towards his gal pal's feelings.
All hell is breaking loose around him.
the third act where Bruce loses all he truly loves (the girlfriend
played by Jennifer Anniston and his job) and must learn all the
power in the world (literally) cannot bring you happiness; it's
all around if you stop and look
Carrey is a treasure; he's a talent of majestic
proportions. It's true man. Lair? You call me a liar? He could
ace any role I venture. Ah, you disagree? Okay- I'll stop with
the lame puns
but know I could go on for hours! Beside
being a witty mitty he's a sniff of pure man heroin to boot! Yep,
ol' Jim-a-roo's six-foot something of candy coated praline flavored
manyum and frankly, he just gets more delectable as time goes
Anniston was perfect with what she was given. There wasn't too
much for her to do outside of "girlfriend." Beleive
me this little behemoth of talent could have handled a truckload
more emotion then they gave her.
Freeman is the epitome of a class act. He's perfect as the proud
God with a twinkle of mischief. And his natural stoic demeanor
works heavenly aside Carrey's brimstone kinetics.
Carell, best known from "The DailyShow," played Carrey's
gleeful nemesis Ted, er, Evan Baxter and was an absolute delight!
A scene-stealing career-in-film building delight!
as Bruce Almighty veered off into its own land of lost
Hallmark cards I wondered,
" Okay, Ms. You Could Do Better, how could they have ended
the film without all this frilly fructose?" I'm still thinking.
But, still Jim Carrey fans must see this. For the first
half of the film all is right with the world and you're reminded
why it is Jim's one of our most adored mega stars. For people
not of the Carrey Commune? Wait for rental.
recommendation: Chocolate chunk cookies.