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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Jim Carrey
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Aniston
Lisa Ann Walter
Jennifer Aniston.
Directors
Tom Shadyac.
Screenwriters
Steve Koren
Mark O'Keefe
Steve Oedekerk
Mark O'Keefe
Steve Oedekerk.
Running Time
101 minutes

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Bruce Almighty
Jim Carrey becomes God. Terrifying.


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Plot
Despite having just about as perfect a life as it's possible to have, TV news reporter Bruce Nolan thinks God has it in for him. To show him how absurdly blessed he really is, God gives him omnipotent power.


Review
This is Bruce Nolan: an affluent guy with an astonishingly undemanding job in the media, a beautiful apartment in a spotless backlot neighbourhood, and a doting girlfriend who looks like Jennifer Aniston. And all he does is bitch to the man upstairs about how crappy his life is. We're actually supposed to care about this ungrateful prick? Well, it's a good job he's funny. There are, in fact, few comic actors around who can touch Carrey when he's on solid, high-concept ground - and there's a limited number of altitudinous adjectives available to describe the dizzying heights of this concept: Carrey plays God. Ker-ching!

Projecting a soft-pedaled version of his stock Ace Ventura character, he mines the set-up for all its worth. And thanks to canny writing and snappy direction, he's given plenty to work with, creating a miniature Red Sea scenario in a bowl of soup and exacting revenge on a gang member dumb enough to utter, "When monkeys fly out of my butt."

But while the laughs come thick and fast, it's difficult to find the film anything like as charming as it thinks it is. For a start, you can't help feeling that, rather than granting such an over-privileged yuppie whiner supreme power, any self-respecting deity might teach him a lesson with some good old fashioned smiting. Getting bogged down in theology would, perhaps, ruin the fun. But then, so does a pervading aura of smugness and an over-arching conviction that, not only does God exist, he fully endorses the aspirations of rich, white, self-satisfied Americans whose prayers are primarily concerned with their stock portfolios.

Ask yourself this: if you were in Bruce's shoes, after you'd whisked up a few girls' skirts, taught your dog to pee in the toilet, changed your car into a Ferrari and made your girlfriend's tits bigger, wouldn't you - as he conspicuously doesn't - spare a thought for the blind homeless person who hangs out in front of your office?


Verdict
With Carrey on top form and some highly inventive sight gags, it's the proverbial laugh riot. But the assumption that God is as wholesomely all-American as apple pie and election fraud casts an uneasy pall over the movie.


Reviewed by Simon Braund


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Bruce Almighty: Great & Original

What a great film, I thought that this was very original and overall brilliant. The cast were amazing and the script was excellently written. The idea of someone becoming God and being able to control life sounded crazy but I thought that it was brilliant. Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston played the perfect couple, Carrey making her boobs bigger just showed what kind of a man he was. Overall it was not the most amazing film I have seen but it was a bit of fun and is the kind of film you can sit d... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 18:20, 02 July 2010 | Report This Post


Amusing Comedy

This is very good ... More

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Posted by blaud at 09:32, 31 March 2008 | Report This Post


Top comedy

Carrey was perfect for this part. No-one could match the craziness and the overracting that Carrey puts into his parts, and it suits the film well. Freeman as well was a piece of perfect casting, the film wouldnt have been the same without him. Cant wait for evan almighty, although there is a distinct lack of Carrey ... More

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Posted by swordsandsandals at 11:35, 03 November 2006 | Report This Post


brilliant i love this film ... More

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Posted by casino at 18:26, 09 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

arrell's news scene where he starts talking bizarelly was the funniest moment, and for that alone I enjoyed the film, not Carrey's finest hour but hell I enjoyed the film. ... More

Posted by Bruce Wayne at 12:26, 11 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

L: Desperate Teenager Jennifer Aniston...what was the point of her again? Actually, there are two points. ... More

Posted by Castor Troy at 20:44, 10 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce Almighty

hilarious ill admit but it gfets real old real quick, but still a class jim carrey ... More

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Posted by miss_phoenix at 18:12, 10 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce Almighty

Very funny, a typical Jim Carrey film. However it is not a film you can watch over and over and still piss your pants. ... More

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Posted by wackojacko at 19:12, 08 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce Almighty

I've only seen it once but thought it was very funny in places and never anything less than entertaining!  The sight of Bruce getting totally screwed over and saying "back to you, fuckers!!" made me laugh alot! ... More

Posted by Super Hans at 13:11, 08 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

L: Jessica_ca_ca_ca Not Carrey's best, but I didn't mind watching it! I do believe Morgan Freeman as God might have been the best feature of it though... other than prayers via email ote]   I liked it a lot myself. ... More

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Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 12:14, 08 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

S'ok I suppose. Morgan Freeman, Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey are ace...Jennifer Aniston...what was the point of her again?   Overrated at times and the jokes soon get old and boring. ... More

Posted by Desperate Teenager at 21:57, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

Not Carrey's best, but I didn't mind watching it! I do believe Morgan Freeman as God might have been the best feature of it though... other than prayers via email ... More

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Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 20:18, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

Certainly not Jim Carrey's best film (as several people in the past have suggested). Definately not as good as The Truman Show and The Mask amongst others! ... More

Posted by BobaJango at 20:12, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

I laughed more on second viewing for some reason! Its a very funny film with some cool quotes, plus Jennifer Aniston ... More

Posted by dragey74 at 20:09, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

Its good the first time round but when you watch it again it gets boring. ... More

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Posted by linkacid at 19:33, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Bruce almighty

Good but overrated - 3/5! ... More

Posted by BobaJango at 18:50, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


Bruce almighty

One of Carreys best ever! ... More

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