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2004 Mini Reviews

Bruce Almighty (2003)

Bruce Almighty
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman

Bruce (Jim Carrey) is troubled. He just can't get a break, and he's angry. He blames God, claiming that he could do a better job anytime. To Bruce's surprise God (Morgan Freeman) gives Bruce his wish -- he receives all of God's powers temporarily just to see if he can indeed do a better job.

There was once a time when Jim Carrey was funny. It wasn't too long ago, if I remember correctly. His films were hardly masterpieces, but they were at least entertaining, and his zany performances usually provided most of the entertainment. That time is long since passed, and Bruce Almighty is proof.

Jim Carrey is silly, wacky, and all over the place, as usual. Only, he comes off as being annoying rather than funny. Some of the lines he delivers, such as the "B-E-A-U tiful " catch phrase are just horrendous.

Incidentally, there is much about this movie that is worth seeing. The premise is wonderful and some of the jokes really work, without any help from Carrey. In fact, the funniest scene of the movie is delivered expertly by Steven Carell, who plays a competing news anchor. In the second half of the movie, as the story winds its way to the inevitable (and predictable) conclusion, it seems that all the Carrey has nothing left. He isn't funny, and he is hardly passable playing the role seriously, so the movie suffers as a result.

Bruce Almighty would have been a good movie with anyone but Jim Carrey.

I never thought I would ever say this, but Jim Carrey should stick to drama.

Score: 4/10


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