Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty
A man with the world attached to his finger by a piece of rosary
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Steve Koren
  • Mark O'Keefe
Starring
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by Scott Hill
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
(North America)
Buena Vista Pictures
(International)
Release dates
  • May 23, 2003 (2003-05-23)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $81 million[2]
Box office $484.6 million[2]

Bruce Almighty is a 2003 American Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994 and Liar Liar in 1997. When released in American theaters in May 2003, it took the #1 spot at the box office, grossing $85.89 million—higher than the release of Pearl Harbor, making it the second-highest-rated Memorial Day weekend opening of any film in motion picture history (until the release of X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006).[3] The movie surprised media analysts when it beat The Matrix Reloaded after its first week of release. By the time it left theaters in December 2003, it took in a United States domestic total of over $242 million and $484 million worldwide.[2]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
    • Controversy 3.1
    • Sequels 3.2
  • Soundtrack 4
  • Adaptations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

Bruce Nolan (free will. Bruce ignores God and is initially jubilant with the powers, using them for personal gain, such as training his dog to use the toilet, chasing away thugs by spewing out a swarm of hornets, and sexually impressing Grace. Bruce also finds ways of using the powers to cause miraculous events to occur at otherwise mundane events that he covers, such as discovering Jimmy Hoffa's body or causing a meteor to harmlessly land near a cook-off, earning him his job back. Bruce then uses his powers to cause Evan to make a fool out of himself on-air, causing Evan to be fired in favor of Bruce as the new anchor. After taking Grace to a fancy dinner and telling her he made anchor (angering her, as she thought he was going to propose), Bruce begins to hear voices in his head. He re-encounters God, who confronts Bruce on using his powers for personal gain and not helping people. He also explains that the voices are prayers to God that Bruce must deal with. Bruce creates a computerized email-like system to receive the prayers and respond, but finds that the influx is far too great for him to handle-- even though God had stated that Bruce is only receiving prayers from the Buffalo area-- and sets the program to automatically answer Yes to every prayer. Bruce attends a party celebrating his promotion. When Grace arrives, she finds Bruce being seduced and kissed by Susan and storms out. Bruce follows Grace, but she is heartbroken and will not listen to him. He tries to use his powers to convince Grace to stay but cannot influence her free will. As Bruce looks around, he realizes that the city has fallen into chaos due to his actions. Bruce returns to God, who explains that despite how chaotic things seem, there is always a way to make things right, and that Bruce must figure out a way to solve it himself. Bruce then begins to solve his problems in life practically, such as helping a man whose car broke down across the street, training his dog normally and allowing Evan to have his job back. Bruce returns to his computer system and goes about answering prayers as best he can. As he reads through them, he finds a prayer from Grace, wishing for Bruce's success and well-being. As he reads it, another prayer from Grace arrives, this one wishing not to be in love with Bruce anymore. Bruce is stunned and walks alone on a highway, asking God to take back His powers and letting his fate be in His hands. Bruce is suddenly struck by a truck and regains consciousness in a white void. God appears and asks Bruce what he really wants; Bruce admits that he only wants to make sure Grace finds a man that would make her happy. God agrees and Bruce finds himself in the hospital, shortly after being revived-- near miraculously-- by the doctors. Grace arrives and the two rekindle their relationship, with Bruce and Grace later becoming engaged. After his recovery, Bruce returns to his field reporting but takes more pleasure in the simple stories. Bruce and Grace announce their engagement on live TV. The film ends with the beggar Bruce previously ran into on various occasions finally revealing himself to be God.

Cast

Reception

Bruce Almighty received mixed reviews from critics. The film has a score of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 184 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Carrey is hilarious in the slapstick scenes, but Bruce Almighty gets bogged down in treacle".[4] The film also has a score of 46 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Controversy

The film was banned in Egypt due to pressure from Muslims who objected to the portrayal of God as a visually ordinary man. Bans in both Malaysia and Egypt were eventually lifted after the Censorship Board gave it the "18PL" rating (suitable for adult viewers only for a combination of two or more of the given parental ratings).[6][7][8] Also, since God contacts Bruce using an actual phone number rather than a number in the standard fictional 555 telephone exchange, several people and groups sharing this number subsequently received hundreds of phone calls from people wanting to talk to God including a church in North Carolina and a Pastor in Northern Wisconsin. The producers noted that the number (776-2323) was not in use in the area code (716, which was never specified on screen) in the film's story but did not check anywhere else. The home video and television versions changed it to the fictional 555-0123.[9][10][11]

Sequels

A God. Although Shadyac returned to direct the sequel, neither Carrey nor Aniston were involved with the film, though Carrey's character, Bruce, is mentioned in the film's teaser trailer. The sequel was not as well received as its predecessor, with a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 37/100 score on Metacritic.

On January 10, 2012, a direct sequel to Bruce Almighty was announced, with Carrey returning to star.[12]

Soundtrack

Bruce Almighty: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by John Debney, Various Artists
Released June 3, 2003
Genre Soundtrack
Label Varèse Sarabande
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [13]

The soundtrack was released on June 3, 2003 by Varèse Sarabande. Tracks 8-13 are from the score composed by John Debney, performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony (conducted by Pete Anthony) with Brad Dechter and Sandy De Crescent.

Track listing
  1. "One of Us" - Joan Osborne
  2. "God Shaped Hole" - Plumb
  3. "You're a God" - Vertical Horizon
  4. "The Power" - Snap!
  5. "A Little Less Conversation" - Elvis vs. JXL
  6. "The Rockafeller Skank" - Fatboy Slim
  7. "God Gave Me Everything" - Mick Jagger featuring Lenny Kravitz
  8. "AB Positive"
  9. "Walking on Water"
  10. "Bruce Meets God"
  11. "Bruce's Prayer"
  12. "Grace's Prayer"
  13. "Seventh at Seven"

Adaptations

References

  1. ^ (12A)"BRUCE ALMIGHTY".  
  2. ^ a b c "Box Office Mojo - Bruce Almighty".  
  3. ^ Blesses Memorial Weekend with $85.73 Million"Bruce". 
  4. ^ Rotten Tomatoes on Bruce Almighty
  5. ^ Metacritic on Bruce Almighty
  6. ^ "Middle East Online". 
  7. ^ "Bruce Almighty (2003) - Trivia". 
  8. ^ "Malaysian Muslims call for ban on movie, AFP, Fri July 13, 2007". 
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/3033576.stm
  10. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-29/entertainment/sc-mov-0330-movie-phone-numbers-20110329_1_number-customer-service-representative-dial
  11. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0315327/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv
  12. ^ Sheridan, Michael (January 11, 2012). "‘Bruce Almighty’ gets a sequel with Jim Carrey". Daily News. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  13. ^ Phares, Heather. "Bruce Almighty: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"Review: .  

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