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Bruce Almighty Review

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    As long as this deity remains childish, materialistic and narcissistic, Jim's in his heaven and all's right with the world. It's when the story reaches for maturity, spirituality and altruism that the divine spark of comedy sputters and nearly goes out.

  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Carrey isn't afraid to go happily psycho, like Peter Sellers or Eminem on his funniest tracks, and that's his edge.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Although the film's jabs at TV journalism are nothing new, Carrey brings to the material the sense of someone who's too smart for his work yet loves it -- the essence, perhaps, of being a ham.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Everyone is well cast and no one more perfectly than Freeman, who is far more God-like than George Burns ever was. Freeman's God is wise, humble, wry, patient and funny but never mean-spirited.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Aniston, as a sweet kindergarten teacher and fiancee, shows again (after "The Good Girl") that she really will have a movie career.

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OK for kids 14+

Happily deranged comedy has typical Carrey humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bruce Almighty is a 2003 Jim Carrey movie concerned with fate, prayer, and spirituality. In spite of these loftier themes, it's still a Jim Carrey comedy, with hammy physical humor, profanity, and sexual humor and content. For example, given God-like power, Carrey's Bruce immediately uses the power to make a woman's dress rise up on the street, then has a monkey come out of the rear end of one of the thugs who had previously beaten him up. A recurring joke in the movie concerns Bruce's dog and his inability to be properly house-trained; as "God," Bruce has his dog use the toilet. All in all, Carrey's humor is a bizarre, incongruous pairing with deeper themes of spirituality.

  • Families can talk about what they would do if they had God's powers. How would you decide the best way to respond to prayers? Most of the prayers in this movie are "petitionary," meaning that they are asking for something, usually love, money, or status-related. What other kinds of prayers are there?
  • Is it OK to laugh about God, prayer, and spirituality? Is anything off limits when it comes to comedy?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Bruce learns to not blame fate or God for everything that goes wrong with his life and his career, and that his actions, no matter how well-intended, have consequences. The positive messages are undermined by a turnaround that doesn't feel entirely sincere.

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    Role models: Bruce begins the movie as a jealous, spiteful, petty person, who, when he receives great powers, uses them to humiliate his rival and peek up women's skirts. Ultimately, he learns to accept his current position in life, and grows to find contentment by making the best of his situation.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character gets beat up by thugs after trying to defend a homeless man. A character is hit by a semi-truck. While not paying attention while driving, a character drives into a streetlight and wrecks his car.

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    Sex: With supernatural powers, a man raises a woman's dress on the street, exposing her panties. During foreplay, this same man uses these powers to work up his girlfriend into a highly aroused state. Later, he points at his girlfriend's breasts and says that they've gotten bigger. References to breasts being "perky," jokes about Playboy and Penthouse Forum magazine.

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    Language: Frequent profanity: "f--kers," "s--t," "ass," "hell." A character uses the middle finger gesture.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine at dinner, but do not act intoxicated.