Evan Almighty

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Funny!

by BJ on 12/19/2007

This was the funniest movie I have seen in years. It had me laughing out loud. Loved it. Read More

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Funnyman steve carell is at his hilarious best when his simple wish to change the world turns into a baffling request from god (morgan freeman) and turns his seemingly perfect life upside down.

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 205483450
UPC 025192867521
UPC 14 00025192867521
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animals
Bible (The)
Family Interaction
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this sequel to BRUCE ALMIGHTY, newscaster Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) has traded in the news desk for a post in Washington as a congressman. Though his campaign was based on the idea of changing the world, Evan drives a gas-guzzling SUV and spends more time trimming his nose hair than with his three sons. When he has a strange encounter with God (Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, reprising his role from the first film), God tells him to build an ark, just as Noah did thousands of years ago. Though Evan is skeptical, he finally accepts the task after being hounded by dozens of animals that follow him, two by two. By obeying God, Evan risks his family, career, and sanity--but will a flood actually come and prove him right?^Though BRUCE ALMIGHTY boasted an edgier PG-13 rating, EVAN ALMIGHTY is a pure family affair. Its predecessor featured some sexual humor, but this is a squeaky clean film that kids and parents can enjoy equally. With hundreds of animals, poop jokes are inevitable, and they're worthy of a chuckle or two. With his roles in THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and THE OFFICE, Carrell has capitalized on playing awkward characters. The (over)confident Evan is quite a change, and it's interesting to see Carrell stretch his comedic muscle. Though EVAN ALMIGHTY also features the talents of Lauren Graham (GILMORE GIRLS) and Coen Brothers favorite John Goodman, the funniest lines and delivery come from Wanda Sykes (THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE) and Jonah Hill (KNOCKED UP) as members of Evan's staff. Most of the film's jokes garner giggles, but the lines from this pair get guffaws.
Directors
Tom Shadyac
Actors
Steven Carell
Wanda Sykes
Morgan Freeman
Cast & Crew
Ian Baker - Cinematographer
James Nedza - Art Director
John Debney - Original Music By
John Goodman - Actor
Jon Stewart - Featuring
Jonah Hill - Actor
Lauren Graham - Actor
Mark O'Keefe - Based On Characters Created By
Molly Shannon - Actor
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Scott Hill - Editor
Steve Carell - Producer
Steve Carell - Actor
Steve Koren - Based On Characters Created By
Steve Oedekerk - Screenplay
Tom Hanks - Executive Producer
Tom Shadyac - Director
Wanda Sykes - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 61028675
UPC 00025192867521
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, Evan Almighty, Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review The gift of Carell's performance is that you believe he believes; even surrounded by a plethora of trained animals and subjected to a torrent of Evan-go-boom physical gags, Carell stays crisply focused and determined. He sells the idea that his character is capable of limitless building capability and is genuinely fearful of God's wrath. He's terrific here...Now I could've done without the countless animal feces gags, the genital-assault humor, and Shadyac's atrocious ear for "inspirational" music (does the world really need a country cover of "Revolution?"), but I did enjoy this big, dumb family film in a big, dumb way. I was even more impressed how "Evan" turns temporarily into an Irwin Allen disaster film in the final act...As a crowd-pleasing, undemanding matinee diversion, "Evan Almighty" is a far more satisfying production than "Bruce," and that, to me, is a great thing. Even if the nonsense gets under your skin from the first frame, it's hard to ignore that Carell is a natural at this leading man business.
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Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The central problem with Evan Almighty is that the filmmakers pack too much plot into what should be a relatively lightweight comedy. This results in too much exposition and too few laughs. Instead of developing a shell of a plot that allows star Steve Carell to take control with his low-key charisma and natural humor, it saddles him with a narrative so preposterous that not even he can vault the barrier. Evan Almighty is amusing in pieces but, taken as a whole, it offers little, and the morality lesson is galling...It's not funny enough, clever enough, or spectacular enough. At best, it's made-for-TV fare masquerading as something more impressive to bilk movie-goers out of hard-earned money. Despite his considerable screen time, Steve Carell's abilities are criminally underused, ending a string of successes that have included The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, and TV's The Office. Evan Almighty will probably be seen as test of Carell's drawing power. Considering the movie's quality, that's unfortunate.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Quotes
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News Carell and Freeman are great together and Wanda Sykes' acerbic humor is perfect for her role as Evan's perplexed assistant.
Kim Griffis, NBC-TV Laugh-out-loud funny!
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail ...a mild, sporadically funny comedy in an oversized sentimental frame.
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