Review Date: May 20, 2003
Director: Tom Shadyac
Writer: Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe, Steve Oedekerk
Producers: Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey
But why not have more fun with Jim and his newfound powers? Why simply brush off the consequences of his actions and not follow those to some humorous end? Why not provide us with a little more reason to care about the lead couple other than the fact that they apparently sit around and put their photo albums together? This film reminded me of a much better picture with a similarly warped premise starring another funny man, Bill Murray, called GROUNDHOG'S DAY. That movie didn't only bring the premise home to its completion, but it also created a more believable romance, included many more scenes of emotion and humor, as well as a more fulfilling conclusion. The sets in this film were also extremely obvious (the street scenes looked like Universal friggin' Studios, man...jazz it up a bit!), and the extras and direction, lifeless. It almost felt like they had half a script and two name actors and decided to shoot it all in two weeks and hope that Carrey's improvisational skills would save the day. Not this time. The ending also squawked PATCH ADAMS, which makes sense since both films were directed by the same man. In the end, BRUCE ALMIGHTY provides for a few big laughs, but doesn't turn it into a full-blown picture and ultimately, disappointed me. Considering that it stars Jim Carrey as a man with the powers of God...they could have gone so many more places. And what was with him saying "B-E-A-utiful" over and over again? Okay, we get it...you're trying to start a catchphrase. No dice. The "alrighty then" reference to ACE VENTURA was cute though. By the way, was that actress Sally Kirkland as the waitress? Weird. Anyway...a video rental at best.