Evan Almighty



Carell's morality tale much milder than Carrey's.
  • Review Date: October 8, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Evan sacrifices his reputation in order to follow a greater calling and by doing so saves lives, animals, and his family. Some poop/bodily function jokes (not surprising, given all the animals involved).

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.

Sexy stuff

Evan and Joan kiss and hug a couple of times.


Very little, even by PG standards: "pissed," "jackass," "Oh my God!"


Just a few: Hummer, The Daily Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Mary).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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 (and given the frequent TV ads, chances are even young kids have heard of it). 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.

What's the story?

In EVAN ALMIGHTY, Steve Carell picks up where Jim Carrey left off in the 2003 man-meets-God comedy Bruce Almighty, in which Carrell portrayed scene-stealing, self-centered newscaster Evan Baxter. In this sequel, Evan is a newly-elected Congressman living in a suburban McMansion –-. While Evan's networking on Capitol Hill with his staff (Wanda Sykes, who gets the best lines, and character funnymen John Michael Higgins and Jonah Hill), his long-suffering wife (Gilmore Girls mom Lauren Graham) and three sons feel neglected. God feels her pain, and proving that The Heavenly Father Knows Best, he steps in and commands Evan to build an ark with his boys, turn into an even hairier Barry Gibb doppelganger, and make good on his campaign promise to "change the world."

Is it any good?


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.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this movie is being marketed. Is it aimed at Steve Carell's fans, people who liked Bruce Almighty, or both? How do the ads make it seem appealing? Also, how is it different from Bruce? Why do you think the filmmakers decided to make the comedy milder this time around? And who's funnier -- Carell or Jim Carrey? Families can also discuss the message about committing acts of random kindness. What would you have done in Evan's place?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 21, 2007
DVD release date:October 9, 2007
Cast:Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes
Director:Tom Shadyac
Studio:Universal Pictures
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Wild animals
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild rude humor and some peril.

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Parent Written byJetranger December 22, 2011

Abuses God's name.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the swearing in the movie. I don't mean profanities ... I mean using God's name in vain (breaking the 3rd commandment) ... which is, of course, worse than profanities. In movies, we know that when there is violence, murder, adultery, etc,... that it is just pretend. But when you abuse the name of God, that sin is actually happening. It was planned, written, edited, acted out, directed,and repeated every time the movie airs. What is especially heartbreaking is seeing all the sitcoms now where this swearing is routine ... and even young children are being coached to do it - for laughs. God's name is Holy ... The first line of the Lord's prayer ... after addressing God, is to say "Hallowed be Your Name". Is His name hallowed? Holy? Or a punch line? Are people so immune to it, that they can watch a movie that uses God's name in vain and not even notice????
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bypwaters5158 April 9, 2008
My family and I really enjoyed this movie until Evan used a profanity. People are really ruining movies by throwing profanities in unnecessarily. This DVD didn't have language rating on the cover. Otherwise I would not have bought it.
Kid, 11 years old November 21, 2011

Some sex jokes, but REALLY GOOD.

OK for 7 year olds who know what a penis is.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism


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