Bruce Almighty

Directed By: Tom Shadyac Starring: Jim Carrey

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Praise the Lord

by ZapVegas on 8/10/2007

Jim Carrey turns in my favorite performance of his. Morgan Freeman is amazing as "God" and Jennifer Aniston is a cute distraction. Nice movie with some VERY funny moments. Read More

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Product Overview

Comic genius Jim Carrey stars with Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman in the funniest, most outrageously entertaining comedy hit of the year that critics are applauding as "a laugh a minute" (Jim Ferguson, FOX-TV). Bruce Nolan (Carrey) is a discontented TV reporter who believes the entire universe is stacked against him. In a life-altering encounter, the Big Guy Upstairs (Freeman) endows Bruce with all of His divine powers and challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it any better. Bruce Almighty is the wildly funny comedy featuring "Jim Carrey at his best!" (Leonard Maltin, Hot Ticket).

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 204305496
UPC 025195009751
UPC 14 00025195009751
Format HD DVD
Release Date 6/12/2007
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Keywords
Biblical
Fantasy
Live-Action
Religion
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Jim Carrey returns to his zany, manic roots in this Capraesque comedy from director Tom Shadyac (ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE and LIAR LIAR). Carrey stars as Bruce Nolan, a television reporter in Buffalo, New York who lives a normal life with his sweet girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston). But Bruce isn't satisfied, and after a particularly bad day where everything goes wrong, he blames God. After spewing a tirade of curses God's way, God (Morgan Freeman in a gentlemanly white suit) responds and challenges Bruce to take over and see if he can run things better. Of course, there are some conditions; Bruce can only have the "almighty" powers for 24 hours and only in the Buffalo area. This doesn't stop Bruce, and he responds to his newfound powers with selfish, childlike zeal. Like a kid in a candy store, Bruce sets off making one hysterical, yet disastrous, decision after another. He pulls the moon closer to the earth so he can have a more romantic evening with Grace, unaware that his actions cause a tidal wave in Japan and responds to the prayers of the world with a mass-email "yes" that creates millions of lottery winners, riots, and mayhem. Ultimately, Bruce proves he is only human, and cannot possibly fill God's shoes, although he has a great time trying.
Reviews
New York Times "...The notion of omnipotence prompts Mr. Carrey to go to new adrenaline-crazed comic extremes....[He] sustains a maniacal energy that explodes off the screen in blinding electrical zaps..." 05/23/2003 p.E13
USA Today "...The supporting cast, led by Jennifer Aniston and Steven Carrell, offers up some engaging comedy..." 05/23/2003 p.1E
Chicago Sun-Times "...A charmer....[Aniston] can play comedy, which is not easy, and she can keep up with Carrey while not simply mirroring his zaniness..." 05/23/2003 p.29
Box Office "...Carrey, for his part is in hilarious form as Bruce..." 07/01/2003 p.44
Total Film "...It works. High concept, low comedy. What more do you want from a Carrey flick? And there are some neat touches too..." 07/01/2003 p.98
Uncut "[Carrey] is a comedy giant." 12/01/2003 p.159
Directors
Tom Shadyac
Actors
Jim Carrey
Cast & Crew
Dean Semler - Cinematographer
Jennifer Aniston - Actor
Jim Carrey - Producer
Jim Carrey - Actor
John Debney - Original Music By
Linda DeScenna - Production Designer
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Scott Hill - Editor
Steve Carell - Actor
Steve Oedekerk - Executive Producer
Steve Oedekerk, et. al. - Writer
Tom Shadyac - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 61101164
UPC 00025195009751
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Winner (2004) Image Award, Morgan Freeman, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,People's Choice, Bruce Almighty, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Nominee (2004) MTV Award, Jim Carrey, Best Comedic Performance,MTV Award, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Best Kiss
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review His humor comes from somewhere dark, just like the greatest of all screen comics -- going all the way back to W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers. And that's where the conundrum comes in. If Carrey embraces his darkness, audiences bolt. And if he veers over to the other side, toward sappy nobility, audiences still bolt. So he's stuck in the middle doing brain-dead Ace Ventura films with the so-called director Tom Shadyac.
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Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Freeman plays God with a quality of warm detachment that is just about right, I think. You get the feeling that even while he's giving Bruce the free ride, he has a hand on the wheel, like a drivers' training instructor. Aniston, as a sweet kindergarten teacher and fiancee, shows again (after "The Good Girl") that she really will have a movie career, despite the small-minded cavils of those who think she should have stayed on television. She can play comedy, which is not easy, and she can keep up with Carrey while not simply mirroring his zaniness; that's one of those gifts like being able to sing one song while typing the words to another.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Dolby, Digital Audio, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Quotes
Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card ...it's Steve Carell who garnishes the film's belly laughs.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Rambunctiously funny.
Tom Long, Detroit News Yep, this is the Carrey America loves--off-the-wall, over-the-top, elastic, spastic and fantastic.
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