Directed By: Tom Shadyac
Written By: Steve Corin, Mark O'Keefe, Steve Oedekerk
Starring: Jim Carey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Carell
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor.: 
Bruce Almighty
   Have you ever wondered, 'What if God was one of us?'  You know, just a slob like one of us; just a stranger on a bus trying to land a lucrative news anchor position at the local television station?  Well, wonder no more, because that slob is Bruce Nolan, and he's been granted the powers of divine intervention by none other than the Big Guy himself! 
    Jim Carey is Bruce, a wacky news reporter who desperately wants to move up in the business.  He's had enough of the 'human interest' beat, and thinks he's ready to lead the whole show.  Unfortunately, he also thinks that his failure to land his dream-job is due entirely to the demented whims of a vengeful supreme being.  It seems that God really has it out for poor Bruce.  In fact, Bruce complains so much about his creator's apparent obsession with making his life miserable that God invites him up to the head office for a little chat, and a much-needed dose of heavenly perspective.
    Though it plays things for big laughs, this movie is also surprisingly grounded in heartfelt emotion.  As Bruce hilariously bumbles his way through a week of possessing God's abilities, he is also on a journey of self-discovery that could change his outlook on life forever.  Wow!  A slapstick farce with actual depth of character!  Who says there are no modern miracles?
    Yes, Bruce Almighty is a comedy that deals with faith, God, and religious beliefs.  Some would say that these subjects are not to be taken lightly, but I believe that even He has a sense of humor (have you seen the platypus?).  I also believe that there is a distinct difference between having fun with God and making fun of God.  Luckily, Bruce Almighty does the former, with a wonderfully lighthearted, romantic touch.  While the film does deal with faith and prayer, no specific religion is mentioned in relation to Bruce's beliefs.  In addition, God is portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the classic Hollywood style, as a fatherly creator, answering the call of one of his misguided children in desperate need of a life-lesson.  The overall message is a faith-affirming one, both in God and in ones self. 
    So, if you don't mind that these themes are presented in a humorous way, your time with Bruce Almighty shall most likely be both joyful and triumphant.  If, however, you object to such deity-related levity, you may wish to skip this movie and read a good book instead!  
A.J.'s Rating: 4 Miraculous Stars
Review published
June 1, 2003
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