Release Date: June 22nd, 2007 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, Johnny Simmons, Graham Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, John Michael Higgins, Jonah Hill, Molly Shannon
Directed by Tom Shadyac.
BASIC PREMISE: Congressman Evan Baxter (Carell) must follow God’s (Freeman) command to build an ark to prepare for a flood.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Evan Almighty takes away all the laughs and wildly imaginative plot from Bruce Almighty and substitutes it with silly, juvenile humor and a by-the-numbers plot. Evan Baxter no longer works as a weatherman and now is a workaholic congressman with two kids and a wife (Graham). God appears to him out of nowhere and tells him to build an ark using the instructional book “Ark Building for Dummies”—incidentally, the word “dummies” also refers to the kind of audience that will probably consider this sequel to be entertaining. For the rest of the plot, Evan transforms into a modern version of the biblical Noah while bewildering his wife and politicians, especially Senator Long (Goodman). Screenwriter Steve Oedekirk awkwardly blends a contrived drama with comedy that often falls flat with excessive toilet humor. Even the inclusion of many animals, which producers spend $170 million foro, doesn’t add anything remotely fun or funny. For example, how funny is it when someone points to a giraffe’s tongue sticking out? Or how about when another animal hands Evan some tools to help build the ark? More scenes with the charismatic Morgan Freeman would have diminished the dullness of the plot. In their brief appearances, Wanda Sykes and Jonah Hill do have some presence onscreen and deliver some mildly funny one-liners as Evan’s congressional staff members. Unfortunately, even the talented Steve Carell can’t help to stop Evan Almighty from feeling like an underwhelming, bland and silly excuse for a comedy.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief and check your brain at the door.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9
IN A NUTSHELL: An unfunny, bland, inane and juvenile excuse for a comedy.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Never
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