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Bruce Almighty is a 2003 comedy film by Universal Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. It stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, Morgan Freeman as God, Jennifer Aniston as Grace Connelly, and Steve Carell as Evan Baxter. The writers are Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe, and Steve Oedekirk. The director is Tom Shadyac.
T.V. reporter Bruce Nolan isn't satisfied with his "mediocre" life. He blames God for his dissatisfaction. So, God appears to Bruce in human form and challenges him to be the Almighty to see if he can do any better.
Most movies these days just aim to entertain. Bruce Almighty is a rare kind of movie in that it has a special message to its viewers in addition to being quite entertaining. It teaches us a little about how life works. Many people, like Bruce, blame Him for everything that goes wrong in their lives. They don't take responsibility for their own actions and they frequently feel sorry for themselves. But what this movie teaches is that's not exactly how it works. It's up to us to be the difference in our lives. God is there to help us indirectly, not do it for us.
But this movie doesn't hit it all right on the head as far as God's job goes. It perceives God's job to be something a human being could understand. As we all know, He doesn't work the same way human beings do. He understands things we never could, like how He can be everywhere at once and how He can listen to everyone's prayers at once. But it is unfair to expect people to accurately portray something that we cannot possibly comprehend as mortal beings.
Casting Morgan Freeman as God was, to me, a "no-brainer". With his majestic voice and his commanding presence, the role was made for him. On the other hand, Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan was a curious choice to me. But when I look at it, it also begs the question, "What if Jim Carrey did have all those god-like powers?" Most people realize what kind of wacky person Jim Carrey is, even in real life. Can we really imagine if he was the one running everything? Makes for an interesting world, wouldn't it?
To wrap, Bruce Almighty is a well-done movie that I think most of those who read this review will enjoy immensely!