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
Among the many religious and Biblical allusions in the film are :
When exiting God's "office", Bruce walks right over the puddle that drenched his leg on the way in.
At the diner, while parting his tomato soup à la the Red Sea, the background music is the theme from The Ten Commandments (1956).
His prayer e-mail service is called "Yahweh.com", a reference to God's Biblical name.
At the party celebrating the anchor position, Bruce turns water into wine, and poses next to a statue of a golden calf.
When Bruce is about to get his job back, he tells Jack that he (Bruce) needed some time to reassess his goals and find his true self. Jack, astonished, asks him, "You did that in a day?" Then Bruce says, "Imagine what I would do in seven!", which references Genesis.
As someone who lives near Buffalo, New York, this movie scored points with me before I even saw it, since the story is based here. There are even some bit parts with real-life news-TV anchor people from Buffalo..and, for once, it doesn't knock the area. Hallelujah!
Theology-wise, puh-leeze!!! God is still made to look and think like humans...and, of course, be a bit on the liberal side. Being the lightweight comedy it is, it's nothing that should win any awards but it still is entertaining and is a pleasant way to kill 102 minutes.
There are some laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy scenes and, hopefully, audiences - from Christians to atheists.- got something out of this besides a few laughs, such as what prayer should really be all about. Kudos to the writers for at least getting that theology correct and giving a good message.
Overall, it's a good-hearted film that should offend very few.
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