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Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 23 May 2003 (USA)
A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

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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 Cezzie

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How would you handle the most awesome responsibility in the universe? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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$81,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,734,045, 26 May 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$242,829,261

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$484,572,835
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Trivia

This movie marks the third Tom Shadyac film with a reference to Jimmy Hoffa. The first was by Raynor Scheine in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), and the second was by Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor (1996). See more »

Goofs

Bruce sees Clint Eastwood in the mirror and covers it with his hand. In the next shot, he is not holding onto the mirror and walks out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bruce: God, why do you hate me?
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Crazy Credits

There are several outtakes and goofs from the movie during the ending credits. See more »

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Referenced in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) See more »

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Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
Written by Barry White
Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP
Under License from UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES
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What if God was one of us? It would be pretty funny.
19 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I really do not know what people have against this film, but it's definitely one of my favourites. It's not preachy, it's not anchored by it's moral, it shouldn't be controversial. It's just God. Any possible God, no matter the religion. And it's really funny.

Jim Carry plays Bruce Nolan, a TV reporter usually stuck on the lighter side of the news, desperate to prove himself (more or less TO himself) that he can be taken seriously and do a good job in an anchor job. This drive is what is slowly driving his beautiful girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston) away. When the final straws are executed, he's quick to not laugh, but yell in the face of God, who in turn gives Bruce his powers. Bruce then makes his life better for himself, until he's guilted into helping others, where he then continues to miss the point of his powers. Meanwhile, his constant excitement about his own life makes him more selfish, leaving his relationship on dangerous ground.

OK, that was kinda long. But as a plot, it works well. The step-by-step fashion in which we meet the challenges of being God is much better than clustering his problems together, and is able to hide itself fairly well.

As you probably know from hearing about this movie in the first place, Carrey's pitch-perfect acting stays in character (which, luckily enough, is him), and controls and gives atmosphere to the movie scene by scene. Whether they would admit it or not, the role was written or rewritten exclusively for Carrey. Without him, the humour would turn flat, as humour is half execution. And the humour is very good in the first place. But without Carrey, it would kinda feel like a It's a Wonderful Life wannabe.

Jennifer Aniston is great and, no matter what some may say, does not act like the only excuse for the third act. At least, you don't think that when you see her. She gives a heartfelt performance and makes you forget you're watching a movie, she and Carrey feel very much like a real couple.

The movie feels ggooooodd (see the movie to understand), has a very nice feeling, tackles the idea appropriately and better than expected and overall should never have been called slapped together just to save Carrey's career (which wasn't goin' anywhere.).


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