Evan Almighty (PG)

Comedy 90 June 22, 2007
By Robert Wilonsky
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 can’t 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 Evan’s wife (Lauren Graham) signs on for it, more or less, without asking why or what for. She’s just the gorgeous, glassy-eyed yes-woman who’ll go along with any of hubby’s half-baked ideas. And that’s all Evan Almighty is: a half-baked idea from whimpering start to colossally insufferable finish (which doesn’t 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 God’s nothing more than a son of a bitch who’s 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 Shadyac Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, John Michael Higgins, Jimmy Bennett, Wanda Sykes, Jonah Hill, Graham Phillips, Tom Beyer Steve Oedekerk, Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe Neal H. Moritz, Tom Shadyac, Michael Bostick, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum Universal Pictures

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