Bruce Almighty

Universal Pictures Released 2003




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Tom Shadyac

Bruce Nolan is a reporter for a local Buffalo, NY news station whose dreams of becoming an anchorman are being squashed by his boss who prefers him reporting the lighter side of local news. After a conversation with his spiritual and goodhearted girlfriend Grace about God, Bruce says that God is doing a terrible job. The next day God confronts a mortified Bruce and challenges him to take over his powers to see who does a better job, with the only limitation being that he can not alter free will.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Even more than Jerry Lewis, Robin Williams or Pee-wee Herman, Mr. Carrey, now 41 (pretty old for an overgrown kid), sustains a maniacal energy that explodes off the screen in blind...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    While Bruce Almighty does end on a modest "Candide"-like note, the getting there is too strained to be much of a pleasure.

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    There's remarkably little done with a premise snatched from high-concept heaven, adding yet another file to the growing cabinet of under-realized comedies.

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    • Production Budget - $81,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $242,829,261 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $484,592,874 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $328,604,771
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $655,767,471

    • Other Production Companies:
      Buena Vista International (distributor)
      Spyglass Entertainment
      Pit Bull Productions
      Shady Acres Entertainment

    • Filming Locations:
      New York City
      Universal City, California
      Buffalo, New York
      Los Angeles, California
      San Diego, California
      South Pasadena, California
      Torrence, California

    • Taglines:
      1. The guy next door just became the guy upstairs
      2. He's got the power
      3. In Bruce We Trust?
      4. If you could be God for one week, what would you do?

    • Music:
      Chariots of Fire
      Written by Evangelos Papathanassiou
      Performed by Vangelis
      That's the Way (I Like it)
      Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
      Sound Off (Duckworth Chant)
      Written by Willie Duckworth and Bernard Lentz
      Where Could I Go
      Written by James Coats
      Performed by Elvis Presley
      The Power
      Written by Benito Benitez and John Garrett III
      Performed by Penny Ford and Duran Butler
      One of Us
      Written by Eric Bazilian
      Rockafeller Skank
      Written by Norman Cook and Terry Winford
      Performed by Fatboy Slim
      Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
      Written and Performed by Barry White
      Written by Craig Nicholls and David Olliffe
      Performed by the Vines
      A Little Less Conversation
      Written by Billy Strange and Scott Davis
      Performed by Elvis Presley
      If I Ruled the World
      Written by Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse
      Performed by Tony Bennett
      God Gave Me Everything
      Written and performed by Mick Jagger
      Don't Know Much
      Written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow
      Performed by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
      God-Shaped Hole
      Written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tiffany Arbuckle
      Performed by Plumb
      You're a God
      Written by Matthew Scannell
      Performed by Vertical Horizon
      Atomic Dog
      Written by George Clinton j, Gary M. Shider and David L. Spradley
      Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo
      Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
      Japanese Garden
      Written by Andy Dorfman
      I'm With You
      Written by Avril Lavigne, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock and Graham Edwards
      Performed by Avril Lavigne
      Ready for a Miracle
      Written by Art Reynolds and Bunny Hull
      Performed by Patti Labelle

    • ASCAP Awards Wins:
      1. Most performed Songs From A Motion Picture
      2. Top Box Office Film


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unexplained phenomena, mysterious forces, quirky characters, on a mission from god, supernatural forces