Review by: Jack Foley | Rating:
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Director commentary from Tom Shadyac;
Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Featurette.
JIM Carrey's latest comedy, which sees him reunited with Ace
Venture/Liar Liar director, Tom Shadyac, is a film about a man
who goes in search of God and finds himself - but before you reach
for the sick bag, hold on a moment!
For while the film is certainly as sentimental, in places, as
its premise sounds, there are some divinely inspired touches,
and it is good to see Carrey making a return to the comedy arena
after attempting to find himself in more serious matter.
Backed by a first-rate cast, which includes Jennifer Aniston,
as his girlfriend, and Morgan Freeman, as God (hell, he's played
the President already, so why not The Almighty?), Carrey goes
in search of the laughter bone and frequently hits the target.
As Bruce Nolan, a self-obsessed television reporter with his
eye on the anchor position, who consistently blames God for his
own failures, he is eventually given the chance to 'do better',
following a particularly bad day at the office, after which he
challenges the man upstairs to stop ignoring him.
And with the world at his fingertips, Nolan does what any red-blooded
male would do - sets about improving it for the benefit of himself.
Hence, he forgets about listening to other people's prayers,
or the world situation as a whole, and channels his efforts on
securing the job promotion and impressing his girlfriend - regardless
of the implications this has on others.
Judgement day beckons, however, and it isn't long before Bruce
has to take responsibility for his own and other people's lives,
and is forced to confront the reality of his situation. The rest
goes without saying...
It is obvious from the outset that Nolan will find salvation,
via a pit-stop at the confessional, and some devilishly wicked
antics, yet that shouldn't stop you from indulging in the fun,
for the film frequently delights with some well-observed sight
The discovery of Jimmy Hoffa's body and Nolan's revenge on a
rival reporter are particularly funny, as is the moment where
he parts a bowl of soup like the Red Sea.
Carrey, too, refrains from becoming too manic, balancing the
humour with some more dramatic moments, made possible thanks to
his more serious roles, while his relationship with Freeman is
beautifully played, with the latter also displaying a nice line
in comic timing.
It's just a shame that Shadyac can't avoid the temptation to
become overly sentimental during the closing stages, dragging
things out to a needlessly slushy conclusion.
But that shouldn't detract from an otherwise successful comedy,
which has helped Carrey to reclaim his crown as Hollywood's comedy
king. Let us pray he continues to be this funny.