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Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | | 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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Tom Shadyac

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Steve Koren (story), Mark O'Keefe (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Bruce Nolan
Morgan Freeman ... God
Jennifer Aniston ... Grace Connelly
Philip Baker Hall ... Jack Baylor
Catherine Bell ... Susan Ortega
Lisa Ann Walter ... Debbie
Steve Carell ... Evan Baxter (as Steven Carell)
Nora Dunn ... Ally Loman
Eddie Jemison ... Bobby
Paul Satterfield ... Dallas Coleman
Mark Kiely ... Fred Donohue
Sally Kirkland ... Anita
Tony Bennett ... Himself
Timothy Di Pri ... Bruce's Cameraman (as Timothy DiPri)
Brian Tahash Brian Tahash ... Bruce's Soundman
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

If you could be God for one week, what would you do? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todopoderoso See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the storyline is set in Buffalo, New York, the town square is shot in the Universal backlot. The set is the same iconic set, used in the Back to the Future trilogy, where the Hill Valley clocktower still sits. In the riot scene, a full shot of the clocktower can clearly be seen. See more »

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When Bruce is in the diner, you can see the strings attached to the sugar and creamer when they move into his hands. 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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I'm With You
Written by Craig Braginsky and Avril Lavigne
Performed by Avril Lavigne
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Under License from BMG SPECIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
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Carrey on form
27 June 2003 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

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).


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