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Evan Almighty (2007)

 -  Comedy | Family | Fantasy  -  22 June 2007 (USA)
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God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

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Buffalo newsman Evan Baxter is elected to Congress with the slogan, "Change the world." He lucks into a huge house in a new Virginia suburb. His Capitol office is also fantastic, but there's a catch: he's tapped by the powerful Congressman Long to co-sponsor a bill to allow development in national parks. In steps God, who appears to a disbelieving Evan and gently commands him to build an ark. Tools and wood arrive in Evan's yard, animal pairs follow, his beard and hair grow wildly, nomad's clothes and a staff appear. Long grows impatient, Evan starts building, his family leaves him, reporters gather, and drought grips D.C. Still, Evan believes. But will he change the world? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Why are all of these animals following Evan Baxter? God only knows. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild rude humor and some peril | See all certifications »

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22 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Bruce Almighty 2  »

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Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,152,349 (UK) (3 August 2007)

Gross:

$100,289,690 (USA) (28 September 2007)
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The movie was filmed in Virginia in the hottest part of summer - so hot, in fact, that more than one extra fainted from sun exposure. Dry Virginia orange-colored dirt is visible in exterior Ark scenes, yet the Baxter's house right next door has a lush and perfect inch-high green lawn. Simple: it's Astroturf. Broom-wielding crew occasionally swept dusty orange footprints off of the Baxters' plastic grass. See more »

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Evan asks for unleavened bread and his wife hands him a Pita Bread. Pita is not considered unleavened bread. See more »

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Evan Baxter: These birds had a big meal earlier.
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Ready for a Miracle
Written by Bunny Hull and Art Reynolds
Produced by Dan Huff
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Pleasing, silly sequel
30 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even without Jim Carrey, EVAN ALMIGHTY is still a pretty entertaining and occasionally funny movie, with a serious message for the kiddies: you have to believe in yourself and what you do, and assuming you are religious, you have to put a little faith in God. There's also an eco-friendly theme throughout. This family-oriented followup to the slightly raunchy BRUCE ALMIGHTY sees former news anchor Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) becoming a D.C. politician with a big new house in what used to be the woodsy suburbs of Virginia and a Hummer for his main vehicle. He falls in with a corrupt elder congressman, played perfectly by John Goodman, who has been developing land illegally. Then along comes God in the familiar form of Morgan Freeman, telling Evan to build an ark and prepare for a major flood. You can probably guess where this is going. Evan's family and friends and co-workers all assume he's lost it as he begins to build his ark -- and grow a lot of hair, just like Noah before him. He even begins sporting a Noah-like robe, and when he tries to wear anything else, he finds he simply can't. Also, birds and animals begin following him around. Lots and lots of birds and animals. Carrell is believable enough in a preposterous role, although a little of his trademark bellowing goes a long way after awhile. The movie's visuals and production design are stunning, including the massive ark and the thousands of animals preparing to board, two by two. But it is the little things that really count, like Evan trying to shave his constantly growing beard or stepping out his front door in a natty suit, only to find himself suddenly stark naked in front of the mail lady. One might nitpick some of the finer details, like where are all the animal rights activists when the police are preparing to destroy the ark? But you'd just be nitpicking. For those old enough to remember, there was a popular movie trilogy called OH,GOD! 20 years ago, featuring George Burns as a golf attire-wearing deity appearing to ordinary mortals for various divine purposes. If this current series does come up with a second sequel, who knows what might be done for an encore? Only God knows. And he ain't talking at the moment.


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