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Bruce Almighty (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  23 May 2003 (USA)
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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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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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23 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$81,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$420,203 (Japan) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$3,408,154 (Japan) (16 January 2004)
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At the party where Bruce is celebrating his new anchor position, he can be seen to momentarily lean on a golden calf. This is a direct reference to the story of moses and the exodus where the disbelieving Israelites incurred the wrath of God by forging a golden calf and worshipping the same as a pagan God whilst moses received the Ten Commandments. This is obviously due to Bruce misusing his new found powers and showing no respect for others. See more »

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Throughout the film, Bruce is excited about his opportunity to finally have his own live shot. In reality, every reporter at a television station have numerous live shots every week. No television reporter considers them to be all that special. See more »

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[first lines]
Bruce: God, why do you hate me?
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What if God was one of us? It would be pretty funny.
19 December 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – 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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