Bruce Almighty

Theatrical Release: May 23, 2003
DVD Release: November 25, 2003
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Synopsis

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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: Sex strongly implied between unmarried couple; woman is shown in sexual ecstasy; a character cheats on his fiancee' by kissing another woman; sexual innuendos and the word "boobs."
Language: J-3 (2 are barely audible); Geez-3; F-1; S-3; OG/OMG-9; A-7; H-3; B-1; D-1; Suc*s-2; Pric*-1; Frickin-1; Horny-1; Holy Cow-1
Violence: Bruce hits a lamppost; Bruce momentarily dies when he is sruck by a truck; Bruce moves cars out of his way on a congested road; Bruce sends locusts out of his mouth toward some street guys who had beaten him up
Drugs: Brief drinking scene.
Nudity: Cleavage; Bruce blows up woman's dress;
Other: The use of the middle finger; dog pees in house several times; gross humor such as a man picking his nose; a woman tells a lie on TV; Bruce parts his soup like the Red Sea; Bruce compares God to a mean kid with a magnifying glass; Bruce challenges God to strike him; Bruce runs a stop sign; Bruce finds Jimmy Hoffa's body; Bruce says "I Am Bruce Almighty, my will be done!" Bruce causes a monkey to climb out of a man's behind; a man holds a sign which reads "They KingDumb Come." Bruce walks on water; Bruce puts marijuana in newsman's van in order to get them busted.

Info

Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe
Director: Tom Shadyac
Producer: Michael Bostick
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 101 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter