Self-centered jerk Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) has everything in life
that matters. He's got a good job, a great girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston), a
loyal dog and a nice house. He, however, believes everything he has is mediocre
and wants more. He is a reporter for a local TV station but he wants the newsanchor
position, so he can make more money and buy better stuff. When he's passed
over for the promotion, he goes on a tirade during a live broadcast and promptly
loses his job. He complains that God is ignoring him because he doesn't get
what he wants.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston,
and Morgan Freeman
Thinking he's going to a regular job interview, Bruce meets God (Morgan Freeman),
who offers him the chance to be God for awhile just to see how hard it is to
have so much responsibility. God grants him all of his powers under two conditions:
He can't tell anyone and he cannot affect free-will. Of course, this is a Jim
Carrey movie, so getting God's powers means that there will be a lot of slapstick,
physical humor, sexual innuendo and some urine jokes. Yawn.
I had managed to miss this film during its theatrical run but had heard that
it was a laugh-riot from beginning to end. Well, maybe for someone who's never
seen a Jim Carrey film before or someone who's never seen Oh, God! but not
for me. I thought it was predictable and somewhat mean-spirited.
Jim Carrey, fresh from his "serious actor" mode
which brought us some decent films like The Truman Show, Man
on the Moon and The Majestic, apparently
felt a need to revive his career since the serious films (with the exception
of The Truman Show) tanked at the box-office. His last comedic role, as The
Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, had him rendered virtually unrecognizable
under several pounds of makeup and costume. Bruce Almighty features classic
Jim Carrey but his style of physical humor has grown a little long in the tooth.
The last time it worked was Liar, Liar and that was essentially the same movie.
Here's the formula: Jerk needs to pay more attention to the truly important
things in life. He gets affected by the supernatural. He learns a lesson. I
guess if it worked in one film, why not try it again?
Almighty horrible? No, it's not. It's just we've seen this movie
before. We've seen Jim Carrey do his shtick before (and better). For a rental,
it's OK, but it's not as good as the box-office receipts would indicate and
that's what disappointed me most.
town square is the same location that was used for parts 1 and 2 of the
Back to the Future trilogy. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)