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Evan Almighty

Score: 89%
Rating: PG
Publisher: Universal Studios Home

Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 96 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Family
Audio: English, Spanish Dolby Digital
           5.1, English DVS, French Dolby
           Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Animals on Set Two by Two Featurette
  • Animal Roundup Game
  • Steve Carell Unscripted Featurette
  • The Ark-itects of Noah's Ark
  • Becoming Noah
  • The Almighty Green Set
  • It's Easy Being Green
  • Acts of Random Kindness
  • A Flood of Visual Effects
  • Casting Call: Serengeti
  • The Almighty Forest

I have to admit that I didn't have much in the way of expectations for Evan Almighty. I had seen Bruce Almighty, and had enjoyed it, but in that movie, the concept was that someone was trying do God's job - a funny premise, but timeless. Evan Almighty, on the other hand, has a similar premise, but God (Morgan Freeman) needs someone to, um... do Noah's job? I guess? That's sort of the issue I had with this one - the plot's not really timeless, since there's not really a need to save two of each of the animals so that the Earth can be repopulated - not even in the movie, in case you wondered.

Evan Almighty follows the story of Evan Baxter (Steve Carell). Anyone who saw Bruce Almighty will recognize Evan Baxter as the other reporter - the one who made things miserable for Bruce (Jim Carrey) and had the tables turned on him. Well, Evan Baxter has moved up in the world in Evan Almighty, quitting his reporter position to become a junior congressman trying to, "Change the World." This is another thing that worried me about Evan Almighty; I was afraid that Steve Carell wouldn't be able to fill Jim Carrey's shoes and support the sequel. As it turns out, I had nothing to fear. Steve Carell does an excellent job, as does his nemesis, who's played by John Goodman. Let's see... I suppose that means that the next sequel in the series will follow John Goodman's character, and God will need him to play a modern day version of, um... perhaps Moses? I dunno... I don't write the scripts, so I guess we'll all just have to wait and see on that one.

Evan Baxter gets elected as a junior congressman and moves into a rich, ritzy neighborhood, dragging his family along, kicking and screaming (well, until they see the size of the new house, anyway), in a self-centered life of high-pressure politics, where his family is having to learn to take a back seat. After a series of prayers, where his wife prays for the family to become closer, his son prays for lots of animals to come to their new house for him to play with and Evan prays to be able to fulfill his promise of "changing the world," God decides to directly intervene in the Baxters' lives, asking Evan to build an ark and, as they say, comedy ensues.

It was funny to see some of the puns that were worked into the movie, as well as how Noah's "power" to attract the animals to his location was played for comedic value. While Evan Almighty is a comedy, it also has some very romantic moments. Packaged with a bevy of special features, including some funny outtakes and deleted scenes, along with bunches of featurettes, is a really funny movie for the entire family. If you liked Bruce Almighty, I would recommend Evan Almighty.

-Geck0, GameVortex Communications
AKA Robert Perkins

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