Parents' Guide to

Bruce Almighty

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Goofy comedy mixes spiritual themes with Carrey's humor.

Movie PG-13 2003 101 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 11+

Nice!

Violence 1/5 Sex 3/5 Language 3/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 0/5
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (63 ):

Oh, to be able to do anything without any guilt or accountability -- that part of BRUCE ALMIGHTY is fun and very funny, especially when Bruce makes his rival mess up on camera. But the part about Bruce's redemption is not successful, because viewers are never really persuaded that Bruce cares about anyone but himself. There is a hollow and even faintly creepy sense that the people behind the movie don't really believe the message themselves.

Bruce's carelessness in lassooing the moon (a reference to It's a Wonderful Life that is underscored later on when we get a glimpse of that scene on television), unleashing an asteroid, and making hundreds of lottery winners, is portrayed as humorous. Even though we get glimpses of the disasters he causes, Bruce never has to clean up the mess. And when Bruce tells God that he wants to solve the problems of world hunger and peace, God tells him that is a "Miss America answer" and His goal seems to be to get Bruce to think about what would make him happy with no regard for anyone but himself and the woman he loves. The result is a movie that, despite some very funny moments, makes the same mistake as its main character without learning any lessons about maturity or responsibility. It teeters between happily deranged comedy and sentimental fable, but is unsatisfying in both categories.

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