This sequel to Bruce Almighty is the work of an angry God. A sanctimonious sitcom dolled up as the most expensive comedy ever made — $175 mil, so they say — it marks an unfortunate low point in the history of recent American comedy, and it proves that Steve Carell cant make everything funny. In short, God (Morgan Freeman, who you know is God because his white linen shirts never wrinkle) tells Evan (Carell) that if he builds it, they will come — "it" being an ark, "they" being animals lined up two by two. And Evans wife (Lauren Graham) signs on for it, more or less, without asking why or what for. Shes just the gorgeous, glassy-eyed yes-woman wholl go along with any of hubbys half-baked ideas. And thats all Evan Almighty is: a half-baked idea from whimpering start to colossally insufferable finish (which doesnt even include the end-credit dance sequence featuring the cast rubbing all over director Tom Shadyac, as if to prove its undying love). The movie suggests, quite frankly, that Gods nothing more than a son of a bitch whos willing to drown thousands of people just to prove that one character is up to no good, man. Did I just give something away? My bad.
Tom ShadyacSteve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, John Michael Higgins, Jimmy Bennett, Wanda Sykes, Jonah Hill, Graham Phillips, Tom BeyerSteve Oedekerk, Steve Koren, Mark O'KeefeNeal H. Moritz, Tom Shadyac, Michael Bostick, Gary Barber, Roger BirnbaumUniversal Pictures