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Evan Almighty (PG)
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Originally intended as a direct follow-up to Bruce Almighty, this film nearly didn't make it to the big screen when its major stars (Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston) refused to sign up. That's never a good sign, is it? However, following the success of The 40 Year Old Virgin, the money men saw the opportunity to make this one anyway, with Steve Carell reprising his role as rival anchorman Evan Baxter.

If I were a Congressman, this is the look I'd go for
If I were a Congressman, this is the look I'd go for

Morgan Freeman returns to play God (literally) and tries to convince Evan, who has just become a Congressman, to build an arc in his back garden. Baxter is understandably reluctant to take time off work to build an enormous wooden ship and load it with animals, but despite his best efforts to avoid this biblical task, God eventually wins out. The question is, will a flood ever arrive, or is God just messin' with him?

Well, if I tell you that this is, so far, the most expensive comedy film ever made, you can probably guess that there are a lot of digital effects in this film, and that, therefore, the flood probably does arrive. The more cynical ones among you might also guess that they blew all the money on special effects without stopping to make the film funny – and you'd be right.

This one is a real family film – no swearing, no nudity, no adult situations, no fun. There's some relatively funny slapstick in parts, and a whole array of animal faeces related gags, but overall, it's really only fit for children.

Steve Carell is basically playing his character from the American version of The Office (which is hilarious by the way), but without the great script. If we pause a moment to compare this to Kevin Smith's first film, Clerks, we can see that one is funny and cost around $26,000 in production costs and one is not terribly funny and had an estimated budget of $175 million. For the love of God, Hollywood, concentrate on your scripts rather than your visual effects!

If your kids are interested in seeing this one, then by all means take them along – you probably won't enjoy it, but there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half. Otherwise, I'd give this one a big old body swerve if I were you.

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Length: 95 minutes
Certificate: PG
Official Site: http://www.evanalmighty.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413099/
Release Date: 3rd August 2007

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