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                                    Bruce Almighty (2003)


Director: Tom Shadyac
Writers: Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe
Actors: Jim Carey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman

This is a cute little movie, very easy to watch. Well, you don't have to be Einstein to understand it. It's not perfect, but it's cute. As a comedy, though: it's excellent! Jim Carey did a marvelous job, once again. If you want to watch an entertaining movie with your friends or family, then this is the one you should choose! The story is interesting too, it's not some classical thing about a funny geek in high school or a funny family man that has a bunch of kids. It's smart, sort to speak. 

The Plot:
Jim Carey plays a guy who is trying to be an anchor on the main news on TV. However, the stories he does are not the headline stories. In fact, they are the last reports you see, right after the weather: funny things that happen to ordinary people. He often complains about God. He has a pretty good life though, a nice girlfriend who wants to marry him and have children, a stable job and a stable life. But he is not satisfied. He constantly "insults" God, in a way. Suddenly, he actually meets God (Morgan Freeman) and God decides to transfer upon him all his almighty powers while he goes on vacation. God did this to teach this guy a lesson: it is not so easy to be God. Actually, it is very difficult. Then the guy uses these powers to tamper with his life. He sets himself up an anchor job. He starts to hear prayers at night and in the morning. This almost drives him nuts. He then realizes that God's job is horribly difficult. Watch the movie, and see what happens in the end! I never include spoilers, and you know that if you are a fan of my reviews.

The Acting:
Jim is a great comedian, especially because he improvises a lot. Usually, comedies rarely make me laugh. This one made me roar, cry and shriek from laughter at the same time! It's a BIG DEAL when I say that a movie made me laugh, so you have to trust me on this one. Jim was perfect, especially when he starts to play with God's powers. There are scenes that will make you cry and pee from laughter. The grimaces he makes are unique and hilarious.
Morgan Freeman was very interesting to watch, as God. I never could picture him playing God or something similar, until I saw this movie. He was excellent, very witty, soothing and calm. He was exactly like God should be. He is a great actor and roles like this suit him the best.
Jennifer Aniston, on the other hand... well... I am not too fond of her. She's not bad, but she has a lot to go to reach perfection. When I watch her, it seems like she has the same "acting pattern" in every movie. In fact, I have only seen her in movies like these, or romantic movies, so I don't think she's very flexible. But all in all, she wasn't bad. I would say: "half a thumb up." On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give her a 7. That's good to get from a strict reviewer like me! :D

About The Plot:
The story is good. The idea was excellent, except for one thing: they started the movie well, but I feel like they maybe lost themselves somewhere near the end. I will not tell you why, because then I will have to include spoilers, and I don't want to do that. I'll just say: they were focused until the last 20 minutes of the movie. These last 20 minutes seem like the director's mind blurred for some reason. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's on purpose.

Audio And Visual Effects:
There's nothing much to say about this. The visuals are good, when the guy is doing "magic" things, using God's power, the effects look solid and good. Although the movie is not focused on the effects at all, so like I said: there's nothing much to say,
The sounds are good. I mean, the sounds that go with the effects are pretty good. However, the soundtrack only has two or three songs that I can remember, some old-timers that everybody knows. The rest of the soundtrack is so "Hollywood comedy" typical that I cannot even remember. I could not remember it if somebody played it to me right now. 
Generally Speaking:
If you want to have fun with your friends and family, or if you are feeling bad and want to laugh like a madman, then this is the perfect movie for you. However, if you are one of those people who think that comedies are useless and a waste of time, then don't watch it. If you are very religious, then this movie MIGHT BE a little bit offensive. You might find it insulting that God transferred his powers to such a bitchy guy who did not even respect him. But I must say, God is more like a teacher in this movie. He teaches a subject called "proper life". That's what's good about the whole parody. The subliminal message is worth understanding. 


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