*** Official "BRUCE ALMIGHTY" Discussion Thread

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  1. Stephen Orr

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    Again, being associated with the military has its benefits. My wife and I just returned from our local base theater and a sneak preview of BRUCE ALMIGHTY, Jim Carrey's latest, and a return to the style of comedy we first saw in ACE VENTURA. This time, however, the comedy is not so crude (although there are a couple of absolutely laugh-out-loud rude scenes), and there's an underlying message about prayer, free will and what we truely need verses what we want.

    Before I really start, I just want to say that we both went to see BA with expectations that it would be very sacreligious. Both my wife and I are devout church goers and workers, and were VERY pleasantly surprised at how respectful (and insightful)of God this film was.

    Bruce Nolan is a Buffalo NY TV reporter who dreams of getting the anchor position at his station, as the senior anchor prepares to retire. Instead, he is relegated to covering fluff stories, and on the day he thinks he's getting his big break the position is given to a rival reporter.
    This causes Bruce to snap on air (very funny), and after he's physically tossed out of the station, a run-in with street toughs pushes him over his breaking point. In a conversation with his live-in girlfriend (a terrific Jennifer Anniston), he blames all of his problems on God, comparing him to a big kid sitting on an ant hill with a magnifying glass. After wrecking his car, Bruce challenges God to smite him, or at least come down and explain why things were happening to him.

    Before long, Bruce does meet God (Morgan Freeman, perfect in the role), and as we've seen in the trailers, God gives Bruce his powers (although in a limited area). Bruce immediately does what any human would do, experimenting with, then exploiting, his powers for his own benefit. Problem is, many of the things he does have far-ranging consequences, and soon chaos reigns in Buffalo. Bruce soon finds out that being all powerful can be a lonely job, and that it will not necessarily give you everything you want.

    There are some very, very funny things in this movie. My face hurt from laughing so hard,especially during the on-air breakdown of the rival anchor - caused by Bruce.
    most of the PG-13 stuff involves Bruce's first night of power and his seduction of his girlfriend. There are about 3 minutes of outtakes at the end, which are okay.

    As a comedy with a pseudo-Christian message, it works to a certain extent. As a straight comedy, it's gonna be a hit. We give it [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Steven Simon

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    Stephen,

    Thanks for the info on this movie... I look foward to this one....
     
  3. Stephen Orr

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    Steven,

    I think a lot of people are going to be surprised at just how positive a Christian message this movie has. My wife and I have talked about it since last night, and she's seeing it again today at a sneak at another local military theater across town (we have two in our area, and they do sneaks within a day of each other -- Italian Job and 2 Fast 2 Furious coming up in the next couple of weeks). The more we think about the subtle and not so subtle stuff in Bruce Almighty, the more we like it. I'm afraid that a lot of people are going to go see it looking for a crude, rude Jim Carrey movie (and there are a couple of scenes that are -- one involving a monkey emerging from an unfortunate spot, and the other involving female arousal), but the story is of a guy who knows of God, but has a skewed view of Him, who gets to know and understand God, and develops, very poignantly, a strong, realistic relationship with a loving, caring, but firm, Creator. And I also think that a lot of "religious" people are going to avoid BA, because they will write it off as blasphemous, which it is absolutely not -- in fact it is quite the opposite.

    You can read an interview with the director here. I hope this movie does well. I applaud Universal for having the guts to make such a pro-God film. A spot is already reserved on my DVD shelf for it.
     
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    The trailers I have seen for BA, are some of the funniest I have seen in a couple of years. Stephens enthusiasm has be looking forward to catching it when it first comes around. When he is on with good material Carrey is the funniest comic performing today.
     
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    This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Bruce Almighty" please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

    All HTF member film reviews of "Bruce Almighty" should be posted to the Official Review Thread.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


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  6. Stephen Orr

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    The trailers do have some funny stuff, but be advised...The trailer are NOT what this movie is really about. In fact, the commercials and trailers are down-right misleading. In fact, I believe most everything in the trailers takes place in the first 30 minutes or so (along with some other pretty funny stuff that hasn't been touched on.)

    The last half really is about a man coming to grips with how God works in people's lives, literally.
     
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    I look forward to seeing this one. Thanks for your review Stephen! [​IMG] I had heard that this was a 'combo' movie for Jim Carrey, in that it's partly the zany-Carrey stuff, and part a serious film, not unlike some of the other stuff he has done (Truman Show).

    Lookin' forward to it!
     
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    Saw it on Sunday at Camp Pendleton's movie theatre and I have no choice but to agree with Stephen.

    This is one funnny movie.

    I guarantee that anyone who liked the past collaberations between Jim Carrey and director Tom Shadyc, which were "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Liar Liar", will like this one. It is very funny and Morgan Freeman is perfect as God. Same with Jim Carrey, who was hysterical as Bruce. His going insane on TV scene is well worth the laughter. I won't reveal it, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised by it. My advice is this:

    GO SEE IT!!!

    I give it ***1/2 out of ****

    BTW, this was a sneak preview that was shown on a military base. Also, Stephen, I have to ask how packed the theater was that you were at when you saw it. There were so many people who wanted to see it where I lived at 6:30 that they ended up showing it twice, and there's a surprise, since that theater can hold around 1400 people. The second showing didn't have as big of a audience, but it was still quite big.
     
  9. Stephen Orr

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    We saw it Saturday at the Little Creek base theater (Norfolk VA), which holds about 1100 people. My wife and I got to the theater at 6:30, and only five people got in after us. They were turning people away at 6:32.

    My wife saw it again the next day at the new Oceana base theater, which only holds about 400. She was there early and got a better seat, but the place was packed 15 minutes before the movie started.
     
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    Got to see this Saturday - the theater was packed.

    I was mostly entertained by this film but I couldn't help thinking that this film plays out like a cousin of 'Liar Liar' - the change being the loss of self control becomes the ability to assume total control. In both films Carrey's actions get him into trouble, his sig other leaves, he has an epiphany, redeems himself and gets the girl back. He also has the opportunity to get a better job than he has, and the rubber-faced courtroom antics are replaced by rubber-faced newsroom antics.
     
  11. Tim Glover

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    Great movie! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] out of[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Jim Carey at his best. It loses a little bit of steam and focus...but not for long. Jim Carey is back!

    A nice little message too. A definite dvd purchase! [​IMG]
     
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    I posted Friday here but it isn't here..hmm

    It was a great laugh a minute movie and it was cleverly done. Behind the movie was a very important moral and, at times, got serious. Great movie!
     
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    I saw this one on Saturday. I liked it. I can't see it settling all that well with people who don't draw from a Christian background, but maybe they can just appreciate it for the comedy aspect.
     
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    Well, colour me pickled-tink! (Ned Flanders voice)

    This was a really good movie! I had a fun time watching this! I am not saying it is "Citizen Kane" or anything, but it is a solid, well made movie with a great message and an uplifting story. It also has some really funny stuff in it. It is not a laugh-a-second, but some of the scenes were really great. I especially liked the interview on The Maid of the Mist.

    The movie also handles God in a very respectful fashion. Anytime you try and portray God as a human, you are walking in a minefield, but they do a great job.

    I really recommend it for a fun night at the movies that can provoke some great discussion/conversations afterwards.
     
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    Yup, this one is a keeper. Brilliant concept and Jimbo aces the execution of it. A really good comedy movie is rare, and this one cheered up a rainy New York this past weekend. See it!
     
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    Saw it last night, and I hate to be the only dissenter, so I won't say anymore.
     
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    Saw it last night

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Morgan Freeman raised it from two to three. Carrey was Carrey.
     
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    Got my 2nd viewing of this last night. Took a couple of buddies who hadn't seen it yet. I may have laughed more last night then when I first saw it. My friends were rolling too, and left the theater saying it was the funniest movie they've seen in a long, long time.

    There are numerous funny gags, but one of the funniest was when Bruce parts the tomatoe soup....his facial expressions then are priceless. [​IMG]
     
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    I peeked into this movie while waiting for another to start, and the scene where Bruce is making the anchorman speak gibberish is still hilarious the second time around.
     

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