When local TV news reporter Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) loses his job in this comedy, he becomes so angry with God that he mocks Him and dares God to smite him. His girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston) tries to get Bruce to see that everything happens for a reason. Bruce gets a cell phone call and is instructed to go to the Omni Presents building, where he meets the janitor (Morgan Freeman), who turns out to be God. God offers Bruce the chance take on Gods job and see if he can do it better than the Almighty. He accepts the offer and uses his divine power for his own gain; he gets a promotion to news anchor, has great sex with his girlfriend and gets back at a gang who beat him up. But bad things happen when Bruce cant handle Gods job. When he loses Grace, he falls on his knees in desperation and cries out to God. He goes to heaven after being killed by a vehicle, and God brings him back to life once Bruce decides to put Graces feelings and needs before his own.
Bruce Almighty is a funny and entertaining film, but it lacks taste and has several negative elements. The portrayal of God in the film is certainly not the God of the Bible and is at times blasphemous. Scripture is often misquoted and misused, and Jesus Christ is never presented as the answer to our problems. The film doesnt delve into issues of specific religious faiths. Needless to say, the films theology is not even close to what Christians believe. Other questionable elements include implied sex, a news team wanting to report a sex scandal in the mayors office, a monkey coming out of mans rear, a girl in bathroom making orgasmic sounds and motions, and farting sounds coming from Bruce (as God). Based on these elements, Preview cannot give this film anything other than a negative acceptability rating.
several (5) times hell 3, damn 2. Moderate: several (6) times ass 5, bastard 1.
many (12) times words referring to genitals and rear end 7, words referring to excretion 1, f-word 1, s-word 1, sucks 2.
Regular: several (6) times G used in a derogatory manner 5, J used in a derogatory manner 1.
Exclamatory: several (9) times OMG 7, MG 1, for the love of G 1.
few times man gets physically thrown out of his place of employment, gang beats man up, man hit by vehicle and dies.
few times woman in slip, man in underwear, low-cut dress on woman shows cleavage
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog:
several times girls breasts referred to as perky, reference made to sex scandal in mayors office, passionate kissing, woman making orgasmic sounds and gestures in bathroom, reference to womans breasts getting bigger, reference made to being horny.
few times alcohol used in some scenes, news crew busted for marijuana found in van.
man picks nose, dog urinates on furniture and urinates and has bowel movement in toilet, middle finger given, God is inaccurately portrayal, God is mocked and yelled at, Scripture is misquoted and misused, monkey comes out of mans rear and goes back into mans rear as commanded by God, dead body of gangster is found (only shoes and legs shown), farting sounds are heard.
teens and adults.
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