Bruce Almighty [DVD] [2003]

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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (68 out of 69)

Special Features


  • And More!
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes!
  • Inside the creative mind of Jim Carrey!
  • Insights from director Tom Shadyac!
  • Over 15 deleted scenes!

Synopsis


Bruce Almighty
After a bad day at work, a man suddenly gets a new job -- as the world's new Heavenly Father -- in this comedy. Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a television reporter working in Buffalo, NY, who has been growing increasingly dissatisfied with his existence, and after an especially bad day, he flies into a rage and curses God for making his life miserable. To Bruce's great surprise, the Supreme Being Himself (Morgan Freeman) appears, and tries to convince Bruce of the enormity of his task. Bruce, however, isn't buying it, so God gives him a chance to find out what he's up against; God bestows all of his powers on Bruce for a week, to see how he'd handle things. At first, Bruce has a great time bending the world around him to his will, much to the puzzlement of his girlfriend, Grace (Jennifer Aniston), but after six days God stops by to remind Bruce he hasn't done much to make the Earth a better place. Disappointed, God presents Bruce with an ultimatum -- he has one day to improve the world in a concrete way, or God will toss the planet back into the void. Bruce Almighty was directed by Tom Shadyac, who previously teamed with Jim Carrey for Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jim Carrey
    Jim Carrey - Bruce Nolan
  • Jennifer Aniston
    Jennifer Aniston - Grace
  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman - God
  • Philip Baker Hall
    Philip Baker Hall - Jack Keller
  • Catherine Bell
    Catherine Bell - Susan Ortega



Overall customer rating

4.5
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bruce Nolan’s Spiritual Intervention

    Posted
    wisdomseeker
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    Bruce Almighty is definitely one of those uplifting movies that gave me a feeling and determination to keep watching again (at least once every 1-2 months). One of the reasons; Bruce Almighty stars Jim Carey as Bruce Nolan. He enjoys his job as a television promoter but wants to aim higher in his career. He ends up going through an initiation process of reinventing himself after an experience where he reacted with extreme shock (on national television)after he found out that his rival Evan Baxter (Steven Carrell)got the job he wanted and is sitting next to a coworker named Susan Ortega (Catherine Bell) who he slightly admires. At the time Bruce Nolan was standing next to some type of cruise ship boat called Maid of the Mist and out loud sarcastically confused one of the woman he was interviewing for someone who was on the Titanic and Katherine Hepburn’s mom (with a light-hearted and respectful comedic nod to Kate Winslet). Fortunately he has a caring and self-confident girlfriend named Grace Connelly (Jennifer Aniston) who works at Small Wonders Daycare. Bruce Nolan’s life becomes radically changed after he spiritual surrenders to God and actually meets God (played by Morgan Freeman). God explains to him how things work which is really important as he makes sense of being able to do a Clint Eastwood impersonation, parting tomato soup in a diner, and walking on water. There are numerous pop culture references in Bruce Almighty as well such as when the song Power by Snap plays in the movie as he is using his newfound powers, Never Gonna Give Ya Up by Barry White during a scene involving him and his girlfriend (including Right About Now by Fatboy Slim). There is even an appearance by Tony Bennett in Bruce Almighty where Bruce Nolan takes his girlfriend Grace Connelly to an upscale restaurant called the Blue Palm. There is even a moment of a Mark Twain themed chili cookoff. Please know that I also understand that there were many other strong contributions from other actors/actresses in the Bruce Almighty as well as other pivotal pop culture references. I was just listing what my intuition was guiding me to write.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good, harmless fun, with a bit of inspiration

    Posted
    nightVzn
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    I saw this in the theater when it first came out, and decided it was worth owning a copy. Took me almost 10 years, but I finally picked it up on DVD back around the holidays. Now I have it on Blu-ray too. Not exactly the type of movie that cries out for the high-definition treatment, but it certainly never hurts. I forgot how funny this movie is, at least to my tastes. Not surprisingly, Jim Carrey's style really sets the tone, although Morgan Freeman strikes a perfect balance between humor and a dignified bearing, and Steve Carell proves he can improvise utter nonsense and make it hilarious. Also, as a big fan of Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, I can clearly see Steve Oedekerk's influence here, although Bruce Almighty was obviously crafted with more mainstream appeal in mind. And although it's unquestionably a comedy, Bruce Almighty offers a dash of feel-good inspiration via the moral that no matter how bad things get, you can turn it around by looking within yourself, identifying your strengths, and making the most of them. And yes, that's a somewhat trite, clichéd, and often downright unrealistic idea. But by being a comedy, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and thus saves itself from coming across as heavy-handed. Just have fun with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic funny

    Posted
    Kamahama3x
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    Bruce Nolan is a flunky reporter who is always sent on remote locations to cover ridiculous assignments for a local television station in Buffalo. His life goal is to be head news anchor, but his career is cut short when he swears on the air. After his neglected girlfriend dumps him and everything in his life goes awry, Bruce asks God for Help. God answers him, but Bruce cops an attitude and tells God how unfair He is and what a terrible job He is doing in the world. God listens patiently and tells Bruce that he can play God for a while, which is similar to giving explosives to a child.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Back to his roots

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Bruce Almighty is the genre of movie that suits Carrey the best, where he can use his rubber face and funny voices and not seem out there. The movie is based on a touchy subject... RELIGION... but don't let that turn you away. It is done in such a respectable way that it doesn't effect the movies credibility. With an amazing cast including Morgan Freeman as God, I would suggest this to anyone who is looking for a great laugh and enjoyable movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good story, poor quality

    Posted
    ThaxT
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    I was severely disappointed in the quality of this particular blu-ray disc. I like the movie, which is why I wanted it on blu-ray to replace my dvd. This was one of the worst quality blu-ray movies I have seen (possibly the worst). It looked like an upscaled dvd. Viewed on Panasonic TC-P60ST60, with Monster 1000HDX HDMI cables from a Panasonic DMP-BDT220.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Funny movie

    Posted
    BCRaven05

    This is a very good comedy, with minimal physical humor (which I like). Sometimes, however, Jim Carey has a tendency to over-act a little, but that is nothing new when it comes to his comedys. The special features are fine, nothing too extravegant though. This movie ends with a good message, without being too preachy. I recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Jim Carrey funny movie

    Posted
    Layz

    There's no reason not to believe that this movie isn't funny, but the shocking thing about this flick is the fact that Morgan Freeman plays God. Mr. Freeman has to be the coolest person in Hollywood to play God and the President of the US within a five year span. This movie itself is just pure greatness

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Carrey's funniest

    Posted
    lharbaugh
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    Who hasn't railed at God from time to time? Bruce (Carrey) does so and finds himself drafted to take over some of God's duties. Needless to say, after amusing himself for a while, he finds the job harder than He expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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