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Evan Almighty (2007)

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God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

Director:

Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Steve Oedekerk (screenplay), Steve Oedekerk (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Evan Baxter
Morgan Freeman ... God
Lauren Graham ... Joan Baxter
Johnny Simmons ... Dylan Baxter
Graham Phillips ... Jordan Baxter
Jimmy Bennett ... Ryan Baxter
John Goodman ... Congressman Long
Wanda Sykes ... Rita
John Michael Higgins ... Marty
Jonah Hill ... Eugene
Molly Shannon ... Eve Adams
Harve Presnell ... Congressman Burrows
P.J. Byrne ... Evan's Staffer
Ralph Louis Harris ... Evan's Staffer (as Ralph Harris)
Arden Myrin ... Evan's Staffer
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Storyline

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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G Rated Fun For THE ENTIRE FAMILY. (Australia Theatrical) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruce Almighty 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,192,615, 24 June 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,462,298

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,418,781
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the scene where Evan raises his staff right when the animals begin to run toward him you can hear a voice say "let's go, let's go". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Susan Ortega: And that's the news. But before we sign off, we'd like to thank our very own Evan Baxter, who has just been elected Buffalo's representative to Congress. And now we have a surprise for Evan.
Evan Baxter: No, you don't.
Susan Ortega: We do.
Evan Baxter: Oh, no. I really didn't expect this.
Susan Ortega: Here's a look back at his run for office.
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The Department of Homeland Security's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the film or the treatment of the characters therein. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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One Love
Written by Bob Marley
Produced by Doug Johnson and Jo Dee Messina
Performed by Jo Dee Messina
Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
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Don't expect "Bruce Almighty" all over again.
12 March 2009 | by tml_pohlak_13See all my reviews

Evan Almighty generated a lot of hype before its release. A lot of people loved Bruce Almighty, and were expecting something just a zany and hilarious in Evan Almighty. Most of them were disappointed: this movie was received negatively by most critics and audiences alike. Well, I liked it! First of all, this movie has been misunderstood, because it was mismarketed. It was marketed as a hilarious sequel to Bruce Almighty (and the trailer made it look that way, too). But, to be perfectly honest, this is more of a family film than a comedy. But it is a really good family film.

This film had a lot of potential for comedy. It delivered at times, but not consistently. It also had two very crude toilet humour jokes involving male genitalia (just the word, though, nothing beyond that). I will freely admit, this isn't nearly as hilarious a comedy as the original. But it's good in its own right.

Morgan Freeman's scenes as God were excellently written and performed! One scene in particular, in a restaurant, was really touching and moving. Freeman is really a terrific actor, I'm glad they cast him as God. The performances in this movie were, overall, great. (Although it's a lot of fun watching the young kid unable to resist looking into the camera when pointing out two doves to his dad.) So, all in all, Evan Almighty is not "almighty" but it's still "alrighty".


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