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Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty

Tom Shadyac (2007)

91min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Steve Carell's show-stopping turn in the 2003 Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty was the spark of creation for this biblically themed comedy. Carell here reprises his role as vain newscaster Evan Baxter, who has only just been elected to Congress when he's visited by God (Morgan Freeman) and instructed to build an ark. Carell's everyman quality and impeccable comic timing serve him well as he struggles to convince the world that the end is nigh, although there's nothing here as riotously funny as that one "nervous breakdown" scene in the first film. Director Tom Shadyac struggles with a thin premise, and there are some uninspired running jokes, such as the miracle of the eternally growing beard - a gag that does indeed seem to drag on forever. Wanda Sykes has all the best lines as Baxter's sassy assistant, but it's Carell's geeky charm and a bagful of CGI tricks that just about keep this afloat.

Summary

Politician Evan Baxter is recruited by God for a special mission. A great flood is coming, and like Noah before him, Evan has to build an ark to protect the wildlife of the world from the impending cataclysm. However, convincing others that the end is nigh proves difficult. Comedy sequel to Bruce Almighty, starring Steve Carell, John Goodman, Lauren Graham and Morgan Freeman.

Cast & Crew

Evan Baxter Steve Carell
God Morgan Freeman
Congressman Long John Goodman
Rita Wanda Sykes
Joan Baxter Lauren Graham
Marty John Michael Higgins
Ryan Baxter Jimmy Bennett
Dylan Baxter Johnny Simmons
Eugene Tenanbaum Jonah Hill
Jordan Baxter Graham Phillips
Ed Carson Ed Helms
Director Tom Shadyac
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Pictures Int (UK) Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 3 Aug 2007

Comedy

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