A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Evan sacrifices his reputation in order to follow a greater calling and by doing so saves lives, animals, and his family.
Positive Role Models
Evan could be considered noble for following the voice of God, rather than putting his own self-interests at the forefront of his decisions.
Violence & Scariness
The "flood" scene is a bit intense as the water rises and the ark is propelled forward, but no one gets hurt. Some comic pratfalls/injuries while building the ark.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Evan and Joan kiss and hug a couple of times. Some poop/bodily function jokes (not surprising, given all the animals involved).
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Very mild language, words include "pissed," "jackass," "Oh my God!"
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Products & Purchases
This is a sequel to Bruce Almighty. Mentions include Hummer, The Daily Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sequel to Bruce Almighty is a broader, milder comedy than the original, and it aims to appeal to the whole family. The good news is that even though it's not particularly good, it is pretty safe -- there's no violence, drinking, or sex, and virtually no bad language ("pissed" and "jackass" are as strong as it gets). It's worth noting that the plot revolves around Evan talking directly to God and then obeying his command; there are several biblical references, but no proselytizing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the gags are cartoonish, the message seems straight out of an environmentally conscious Sunday School. John Goodman, playing a senior congressman, is -- to nobody's surprise -- actually a greedy villain whose allies include shady land developers who hate it when natural resources get in the way of profit. Not exactly the most groundbreaking political problem for God's instrument to solve. Despite the movie's disappointingly lackluster story, kids will get a kick out of the animal antics and old-fashioned ark-building lessons. Llamas spitting green bile on greedy politicos? Now that's inspiring.
Compared to the first "Almighty" comedy, Evan doesn't seem as obvious an instrument for God (again played by Morgan Freeman) and his all-knowing lessons as Bruce, who had plenty of complaints to shoot in the Almighty's direction. The laughs, of course, are what you'd expect: lots of species and feces jokes, an overlong montage of Evan hurting himself while playing This Old House with the ark, and endless digs at Evan's appearance, which goes from clean-cut to grizzly man to white-bearded prophet in just a few scenes. Even the cameos are predictable, like Carell pals Jon Stewart, Ed Helms, and Rachael Harris.
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