Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is the "Man about town" reporter for a local Buffalo, New York news station. Tired of the homespun shtick type reporting he has been saddled with, he aspires to become anchorman. Every night he goes home to his girlfriend of 5 years, Grace (Jennifer Anniston), and laments about how much his work life sucks and how he needs just one small break to make it big. Grace tells him to just keep the faith and his dreams will be realized.
Sure enough Bruce is given a live remote and thinks that this is his chance to score the now open anchor slot. He is live on the air when it is announced that his arch rival , Evan (Steve Carrell) gets the position. This causes Bruce to have a complete melt down and drop the "F-Bomb" on the evening news. This incident of course gets him fired and he blames God (Morgan Freeman). He's tired of the unanswered prayers and believes that God has it in for him.
Finally God answers him. His answer is for Bruce to have Gods powers and see if he can do the job better.
The question then becomes how will Bruce handle having ultimate power? Can he do a better job or will he abuse the power for his own personal gain?
There are 4 actors who I love to watch have meltdowns - Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, and Sally Field, and Adam Sandler. Every single time JIm Carrey has a character that goes off about something, I find myself cracking up until tears are rolling down my cheeks. I think more of has to do with his facial expressions than the words he lets fall out of his mouth. This time was no different. Each time Bruce went off about something I giggled my behind off. In fact, I spent a lot of time giggling my behind off because this was classic Jim Carrey. I know that Carrey wants to stretch his acting wings and take on more challenging and dramatic roles, but I say stick with what works. Carrey is best suited for movies like Bruce Almighty.
Jennifer Aniston was cute; Steve Carrell was funny; and the perfectly cast Morgan Freeman was divine, but this was all about Jim. The entire movie was on his shoulders and he carried it well. Even when the script seemed to falter it was barely noticeable because Jim Carrey's presence was large enough to cover it up.
While I can see how those who are seriously religious might take some offense, for the most part this a wonderfully crafted little story that has a message we all need to learn - a slightly preachy messages, but a good one nonetheless.
Even with the few curse words, this is a great movie to check out with Grams or Moms. Heck it's even a nice little date movie. Go see it.
While it may not be Almighty, it sure was mighty funny.
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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2003
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