Bruce Nolan, a television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y., is discontented with almost everything in life despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace . At the end of the worst day of his life, Bruce angrily ridicules and rages against God and God responds. God appears in human form and, endowing Bruce with divine powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it any better. Written by
Several scenes were written, and can be read in the script (Available online), but didn't make the final film. Some made the deleted scenes on the DVD, but some didn't. These include:
Bruce answering prayers individually, including giving a nerdy boy strength, helping some prisoners escape, and giving a man a bigger penis. (On the DVD)
A longer "Little Less Conversation" montage, featuring Bruce finding Bigfoot (On the DVD), him struggling to take a bath due to automatically walking on the water's surface, and him making zoo pandas mate by making them insatiably horny. (Not on the DVD)
The mansion where Bruce throws the party is revealed to have been the new home Bruce has bought. (On the DVD)
Right before his first live broadcast, Bruce uses his powers to "pleasure" Susan Ortega. (Not on the DVD)
Grace's boobs grow twice more. (Not on the DVD)
Grace's boobs go back to normal after she prays for them to. (Not on the DVD)
A Little Less Conversation
Written by Billy Strange, Mac Davis (as Scott Davis)
Performed by Elvis Presley vs JXL
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under License from BMG Special Products, Inc. See more »
Now either you like Mr Carrey's humour or you don't. Me, Myself and Irene had audiences both walking out in droves and, on the other hand, cheering and collapsing in puddles of mirth. Bruce Almighty is a bit more mainstream, but you have been warned.
If you're not sure, watch the trailer. I saw the trailer three times and still laughed at the same gags when I saw the film. If you don't find the sight of a dog putting the seat down after using the loo funny, don't bother with the movie.
Carrey, a reporter stuck in a rut covering 'lighter news' berates God when the whole of his life seems to be going to pot. God takes up the challenge and asks Carrey if he can do better. Carrey gets into the swing of having all of God's powers by making his girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston)'s breasts bigger, getting himself promoted, and answering everyone's prayers by single stroke computer commands.
This is not a highbrow movie or even that memorable, but it is very well made within it's very limited intent, provides almost continuous laughs to Carrey fans, and even any religious cheesiness is likely to be inoffensive to all but the most narrow-minded god-squadders and anti-god-squadders.
On the more thoughtful level, the film tempts us to speculate about Carrey's own career - stuck in his 'comedy' typecasting he has largely failed to make an impression as a serious actor even after winning two Golden Globes. His most accomplished 'straight' role, the Man on the Moon, is less well known that his comedy romps - or The Truman Show (on which the Academy heaped three nominations whilst bypassing Carrey).
40 of 56 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?