5.4/10
137,639
290 user 189 critic

Evan Almighty (2007)

Clip
3:58 | Clip
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 »
Reviews
Popularity
4,478 ( 987)
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The American Humane Society oversaw the one hundred species of animals that were used in the film. In scenes including both predators and prey, the animals were digitally added, to ensure their safety. See more »

Goofs

The idea that a committee chair can "fire" an elected Representative is entirely false. A chair could kick a member off a committee, but only the entire House has the power to expel a Representative. As an elected Representative, no one has the power to "suspend" a member other than expulsion, which requires a floor vote of the entire House. Also, one does not "commit censure," as Chairman Long says; censure is a punishment applied to members short of expelling them, which the entire House has to vote to approve. Evan's behavior may have merited either censure or expulsion, but Long can't do either of those acts on his own, and certainly can't "fire" Evan from Congress. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
See more »

User Reviews

 
Bad.
23 June 2007 | by ilikethebeatlesSee all my reviews

This was, simply put, a bad movie. As a big fan of Steve Carell, I had high hopes, at least for his performance. Unfortunately, he could do nothing to save it. There were even times when I found him to be incredibly annoying. The pace is too fast, to the point where watching the beginning of the film is like seeing a montage of events that happened prior. There is little to no character development, especially for Evan's family. While the film is visually stunning, an overinflated budget cannot always save a film from a poor script, poor acting, and poor direction. Don't waste your time unless you're with children.

5/10


65 of 139 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 290 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruce: The Second Coming See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,192,615, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$100,462,298

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,440,724
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed