Jim Carrey stars in this frantic comedy as a chronic whiner (Jim Carrey) who curses God for all that is wrong in the world. God (Morgan Freeman) responds by endowing him with all His heavenly powers, challenging him to make the world a better place in 24 hours…or else.
Where do you begin when you are reviewing a film about a man (Jim Carey) who gets to be God for a short time? On the negative side, the character of Bruce Nolan does some things with his powers that are very UN-God like, such as pleasing his live-in girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) in a super-charged sexual way. He also uses his power for his own personal gain. On the other hand, he truly seems to learn his lesson by film’s end, learning that if he remained in charge, the universe would be in perpetual chaos. In a nice touch, he also shows forgiveness for the first time to a man he previously despised.
Unfortunately for families, the film has very strong language and sexual innuendos which are not appropriate for family viewing. Some viewers may have a problem with the subject matter itself, a man being granted God’s powers. However, if the film had toned down the strong language, it would have been more palatable as the viewer watches the gradual character growth of a man who foolishly spoke in anger to God, only to respect God in the end.