Bruce Almighty
2003
Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) toils as a "human interest" television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Grace (Jennifer Aniston), Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God -- and the Almighty (Morgan Freeman) responds, endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers. Question is, can Bruce improve on perfection?

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I'm no fan of cheap sentimentality, especially when it's constantly cued by a hyper musical score (as in 'Liar Liar'), but I can forgive the film's need to appeal to a mass audience. It was still very entertaining throughout, and if it had been made for adults, it would have had to face profound theological questions that would have crushed it. A few scattered jokes are hilarious (the corpse's identity in particular tickled me), and the breezy efficiency of Shadyac and Steve Oedekerk is both a blessing and a curse. Beware of giant continuity errors.

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