Almighty Then
Bruce Almighty
Review by Ross Anthony

Bruce AlmightyCarrey plays Bruce Nolan, an ambitious TV news personality tired of being relegated to the cute human-interest stories. The first twenty minutes or longer are spent acquainting us with Bruce's frustrations, letdowns and ego-problem. I'm a Carrey fan (big praise for Dumb & Dumber), but Carrey seems to be forcing it here. Something's stiff and horribly awkward, and half the site gags just don't work.

Bruce takes his insecure rage out on God who decides to teach Bruce a lesson by making him God for a week; hence the title of the movie. From here on in, Carrey seems to snuggle into his role with greater abandon and believability (dare I use that word). He's amusing a multitude of times. You'll laugh. But, it's actually Steve Carell as the equally-selfish news anchor Evan Baxter that garnishes the films only belly laughs when Bruce's powers inhibit Baxter's ability to make any sort of verbal sense while broadcasting. It's hysterical. Carrey fans will also appreciate the well-known Carrey throw-away one-liner from the mouth Freeman, "Alrighty Then."

The film plays out with an "Oh God" sensibility, amusing, fun, ultimately good-hearted, with a love story to wrap on.

Director Tom Shadyac says, "Jennifer Aniston is one of the hottest people in show business. You can count on one hand the number of people, male or female, who can give you beauty, strength, intelligence, vulnerability and a sense of humor in one package."

  • Bruce Almighty. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Catherine Bell.
  • Directed by Tom Shadyac.
  • Screenplay by Steve Koren & Mark O'Keefe, Steve Oedekerk.
  • Produced by Steve Koren & Mark O'Keefe, Jim Carrey, Tom Shadyac, James D. Brubaker, Michael Bostick at Universal.


Copyright © 2003. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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