Evan Almighty (The Movie)

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    The Movie Evan Almighty opens up this weekend. (in my part of the world, anyway).

    I haven't been able to see any reviews on the movie yet.
    Plugged in Online still doesn't have a review posted.

    Has anyone heard anything?

     
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    It is supposedly a sequal to Bruce Almighty.

    from imdb.com

    The last time we saw Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), he was being tormented by rival Bruce Nolan onscreen, live from their Buffalo TV station. But as time passed and Evan has made up with Bruce, he's gone onto bigger and better things. Newly elected to Washington D.C. as a congressman, Evan has left Buffalo, New York in pursuit of a greater calling. But that calling isn't serving in the illustrious ranks of America's politics, but being summoned by the Almighty himself (Morgan Freeman), who has handed Evan the task of building a new ark, much as Noah did before. With time passing by and his family belittled by Evan's newfound realization, Evan will have to do the work that God has given him in what promises to be an unusual adventure for a man who just wanted to serve his country, might actually be serving humanity
     
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    Oh.
    I didn't see Bruce Almighty.
    Was it any good?

    I did see a partial commercial for Evan Almighty.... and a man (probably Evan) was questioning God about why He was sending the flood again.
     
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    Bruce Almighty was blasphemous! Morgan Freeman played God and returned to earth to give Bruce the power to be God for a day. A lot of sacreligios humor that mad efun of God and His character.

    If EA is anything like BA, it will again be more blasphemous humor.
     
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    I've seen neither of these two movies and don't plan to.

    However Baptist Board apparently is still displaying ads for something that seems to be somehow related to EA.

    Whether or not the EA movie is somehow tied in with the "ArkALMIGHTY" stuff that BB is allowing to be advertised, I can't be certain, but in my estimation the two seem to be "too close for comfort." (Hopefully I'm wrong about this.)
     
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    Ktn4eg,

    Here is just a smidgen of the script from 'Bruce Almighty' Tell me if you think it is worth watching...

    God (Morgan Freeman has just told Bruce Kowalski (Jim Carrey) that is is God. The following statements are from Bruce:
    The answer is.. God!



    Well, it was nice to meet you, God.



    Thank you for the Grand Canyon



    and good luck with the apocalypse.



    Oh, by the way…



    You suck!

    That is only part of it. The movie is very blasphemous.

    EA more than likely will be the same as Morgan is once again playing God.
     
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    Personally, I wouldn't touch either of the Almighty movies with a 10-foot pole. I wholeheartedly agree with the sacreligeous part. Makes me shudder to think of it.
     
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    EA and the ArkAlmighty project are indeed connected. I've heard the radio commercials with John Goodman on Salem radio say so.
    I also got an email from Big Idea stating that the trailer for "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" (the latest VeggieTales movie) will be appearing along with showings of EA.

    Hollywood going after that "Evangelical demographic" big time.
     
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    The Review of EA....

    Here is the Review of Evan Almighty....from Plugged in Online, of Focus on the Family.
    Dr. Dobson's comments follow the review.
    I'll have to post it in two separate posts, because it is too long.
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    This spin-off of Bruce Almighty opens with upwardly mobile Buffalo anchorman Evan Baxter celebrating his election to Congress. Convinced he’s going to change the world, Evan packs his wife and three sons into the family Hummer and heads to Capitol Hill—where he meets Congressman Long, a seasoned politician eager to secure Evan’s loyalties to get a bill passed. Evan braces for long hours. But before he can settle into his latest workaholic rut, he prays that his family would grow closer together.

    And God hears him.

    Almost immediately, Evan’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ambitions take a major detour. Strange coincidences grab his attention. Loads of lumber mysteriously appear in his front yard. Then he gets a visit from the Creator of the universe who tells him to build an ark. Like Bruce before him, Evan rolls his eyes and ignores the divine directive until a string of embarrassing moments convinces him that God isn’t about to take no for an answer.

    In fact, the Almighty imposes a deadline for the project because a flood is coming. So Evan and his sons start hammering and sawing while wild animals migrate to the neighborhood in pairs. Soon the fastidious, image-conscious politician turns into a hairy, robed, Old Testament Dr. Doolittle mocked by a media horde and armed with only a sketchy understanding of God’s plans. Will Evan keep the faith as Noah did? He’d better.


    In addition to the film’s reverence for God and its positive biblical references (see Spiritual Content), audiences are challenged to reorder their priorities, strengthen family ties and take greater social responsibility. God tells Evan to change the world by committing acts of random kindness (A.R.K.). [That theme has inspired ArkALMIGHTY (www.arkalmighty.com), a real-world Christian good-deeds campaign in which people with specific needs can connect with others capable of meeting those needs.]

    The story’s Washington, D.C. backdrop accomplishes two things: First, we see Evan’s optimistic zeal about using the political system to affect change. But the movie is also realistic enough to suggest that politicians can’t solve all of the world’s problems, partly because of their limitations (compared to a loving, omnipotent God) and because corruption and human agendas can poison the process. Thus, its portrayal of government is both hopeful and cautionary.

    The Baxters are loving parents blessed with generally well-adjusted, respectful kids. The fact that the family suffers from Evan’s habitual workaholism (“New house, same old Dad”) exposes the hole left by a father who may mean well but fails to put his family first. After packing up the boys in frustration and leaving Evan to his “stress-induced midlife crisis,” Joan realizes the need to return to her husband’s side. Similarly, his oldest son refuses to abandon him during an intense situation. Despite Evan’s paternal advice that “image is everything,” he learns by story’s end that there are more important ingredients to successfully impacting the world.

    [Spoiler Warning] Congressman Long is vilified for shoddy construction standards and lining his pockets at the expense of national parks. Evan demonstrates faith in God’s calling, and even when everyone calls him crazy he keeps warning them of the coming flood with compassion and concern. When the waters arrive, he rushes his detractors into the ark to save them.


    Even viewers a little uncomfortable with the idea of an anthropomorphized God popping in and out of scenes like Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie will find that this film minds its manners, spiritually speaking. Morgan Freeman’s God is loving, powerful and totally in charge. Humorous biblical references manage to avoid irreverence, while serious moments feel more poignant than preachy.

    This fictional tale shows how the Lord will often guide us through trials rather than supernaturally keep them from happening. It rightly illustrates that God answers prayers in unexpected ways, and that there’s usually a reason for frustration and suffering—or at least a chance to grow in the midst of it. Evan doesn’t have access to a heavenly blueprint with all the details, but God assures him that whatever He commands is motivated by love. It’s simply up to Evan to follow directions and have faith, trusting God for the outcome.

    Evan’s spiritual journey begins when Joan says she heard their son praying and suggests that Evan ask God to help him in his quest to change the world. Privately, he hits his knees for an awkward but sincere chat with the Lord, thanking Him for prosperity and requesting that God assist him at making his country and his home better places to live. In the days that follow, everywhere Evan looks—from his alarm clock to his license plate—he sees Gen. 6:14. So he reaches for the family Bible to see what it says.

    Unable to keep his beard from growing, Evan looks enough like artistic renderings of Jesus to elicit a Last Supper remark. Elsewhere, God describes His intelligent design of a beautiful valley and, when He frightens Evan by popping up in the back seat of his car, tells the screaming mortal, “Let it out, son. It’s the beginning of wisdom” (a nod to Psalm 111:10 and Prov. 9:10). Evan’s disbelief that he’s really talking with the Almighty leads God to ask, “Want more proof? I haven’t done the pillar of salt thing in a while.” When Evan explains that taking time to build an ark isn’t exactly flagged on his Day-Timer, God laughs at the notion that anyone’s plans should take precedence over His own. Meanwhile, God never endows Evan with omnipotence (a common criticism of Bruce Almighty), but instead equips him to do the job.

    Evan admits to his fellow representatives that God has been talking to him, which elicits the same shocked response he might get for confessing to an axe murder. Director Tom Shadyac doesn’t shy away from giving his hero dogmatic dialogue either, such as when Evan tells the opportunistic Congressman Long, “I’m giving you one last chance to repent.” God explains to Joan that when people pray for patience, courage or a closer family, they want the end result rather than opportunities to develop those virtues and strengthen character.

    [Spoiler Warning] A climactic shot shows the ark’s bow penetrating the U.S. Capitol Building—symbolic of God’s authority bursting through and humbling man-made halls of power. Also, during a literal mountaintop experience and communion with God, Evan admits to being foolish and stubborn (“I fought You every step of the way”). He feels as if his world-changing mission was a flop, only to have God remind him of all the things his efforts accomplished.

    On the downside, a line implies that God “lives in” all created things, which is animism. Also, a scene downplays God’s holiness and righteous judgment. Freeman’s deity explains that the decision to destroy all life on earth in Noah’s day was an act of love, not wrath. Actually, it was both. Genesis 6:5-12 notes that mankind’s wickedness had pushed God to the brink. It angered and grieved Him that evil governed people’s hearts. Being a God of holy character, He dealt with it harshly (just as He would 13 chapters later with Sodom and Gomorrah). The evidence of love and mercy appears in Genesis 6:18—God’s covenant with Noah.


    A boy’s encyclopedic knowledge of wildlife includes the fact that a species of duck has a sex organ as long as its body. Evan unknowingly walks out of his front door naked (sensitive areas are obscured by scenery) and is observed by a female mail carrier. A benign sight gag winks at Carell’s star-making turn in Judd Apatow’s raunchy comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin.


    Slapstick humor involves Evan smashing his thumb with a hammer, falling from heights, getting whacked in the head, etc. A flash flood rips through a valley, destroying homes and sending the ark and its inhabitants on a wet, wild, treacherous ride that would make a great Universal Studios theme park attraction.


    The term “jackass” is used to describe both an animal and a foolish man. Other relatively mild language includes “butt,” “p---ed,” several gasps of “oh my god,” and people being interrupted before completing the phrases “what the …” and “son of a …”.


    Several times, people ask Evan if he’s on something, from Fen Phen to Rogaine.


    Families turned off by poop jokes should know that birds pelt people with droppings, a dog defecates on Evan’s lawn, and a newsman makes a quip about feces. When an alpaca spits nasty green slime in a man’s face, an onlooker wonders what comes out the other end.


    “We always thought it would be fun to make different chapters in a God series rather than just make a straight sequel to Bruce Almighty,” said director Tom Shadyac. “It always felt more fruitful, creatively, to spin off different characters. Steve [Carell] did such an amazing job in [the first film]; everybody remembers his scenes.”

    Continued in the next post......
     
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    This is a continuation of the EA Review from Plugged in Online, a product of Focus on the Family.....

    He’s pretty good in this one, too. Best of all, a PG rating means more people can choose to enjoy his wacky antics. Not since Bill Cosby’s classic “Noah” routine has the account of the great flood inspired such accessibly funny fare. Playful sight gags. Frisky animals. Whether real or CGI creations, the parade of leopards, camels, tigers, crocodiles, baboons and Kodiak bears is quite cool. But the movie also touches the heart with messages about family and religious faith that resonate because they contain an element of truth. Evan Almighty doesn’t pander to a demographic; it’s a labor of love by a filmmaker brimming with passion and religious sensitivity.

    Actor John Michael Higgins, who plays Evan’s congressional chief of staff, noted, “Evan Almighty is a wonderful mix of genres, but with any good comedy you need a good story. The biblical telling of Noah’s story is a fantastic one. It’s got everything you want—it’s human, it’s epic, and it has a moral. We’re only using a tiny piece of it and have obviously contemporized it. But it retains the heart of it all.” Indeed it does, in part because of lessons learned from the first film.

    In the spring of 2003, I flew to Los Angeles for an early look at Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. The next morning, writer/director Tom Shadyac entertained questions and comments from myself and other Christian journalists who felt the PG-13 comedy had plenty of redeeming value, but who wondered why it was necessary to include crass humor, profanity, sexual immorality and spiritual ambiguity. Shadyac was polite but defensive, justifying that content as part of the compromise that occurs when making a big-studio popcorn picture.

    Well, either he took those comments to heart or he earned enough creative clout from Bruce’s $243 million domestic box-office to make a sequel his way ... without having to compromise. Either way, Evan Almighty is a much stronger, morally grounded family film because of it. Granted, the spiritual nuggets here are never quite as potent as the moment when Bruce runs up against free will and empathizes with an all-powerful God unable to make someone love Him. But all things considered, the tradeoff is a lot better.

    A Special Word From Dr. James Dobson
    For 17 years, Focus on the Family has been blessed to have individuals of unusual talent and commitment serving as media advisors to many believers and nonbelievers globally. Currently, Bob Smithouser, Bob Waliszewski and the Plugged In team review and evaluate movies and other media productions and help challenge all of us to honor Christ with our entertainment decisions.

    They provide a tremendous service, and we are proud of the work they do as they reach out via this pluggedinonline.com Web site that you're currently reading (drawing approximately one million parents and teens every month). In addition, the monthly Plugged In magazine impacts thousands of readers, while the radio movie-review feature reaches more than 5 million listeners weekly. I almost always agree with the opinions and recommendations the Plugged In team offers, because we draw our views from the same Judeo-Christian system of values. Occasionally, however, good men and women see things differently. In those cases we give our readers the facts from our individual points of view and let readers decide the issues for themselves. Such is the situation today with regard to the new movie, Evan Almighty. You’ve read what the Plugged In team has had to say, above. Here’s another perspective.

    I recently saw the movie with my wife, Shirley, and the Vice President of Ministry Outreach, H.B. London, and his wife, Beverley. Afterward, we discussed what we had seen at length. We perceived Evan Almighty as a very entertaining movie which, although “over the top” at times in its slapstick humor, will delight most viewers. It has many laudable features, including a strong presentation of family values and a “feel good” ending. The storyline includes no illicit sex or violence and was better—far better—than the usual Hollywood fare. That is why I wish it were possible to endorse and recommend this picture, but I cannot do so.

    My greatest objection to the film is its use of God’s name irreverently in eight or 10 instances, as in “Oh my ____.” It was simply unnecessary to write the script this way, and I was bothered by it. I was also uncomfortable with the depiction of our most righteous God as an ordinary man who, though endearing and warm, danced and performed funny miracles. Some people, even individuals with similar beliefs to mine, will not be offended by this presentation. But I was taught at my mother’s knee that God is profoundly holy, and we are to approach Him with deep humility and reverence. The first four of the Ten Commandments refer to this divine nature, including a warning to those who would misuse His name or refer to it disrespectfully. How can I endorse a movie that runs past those boundaries, even though most others do far worse?

    Finally, I was concerned about the rewriting of the story of Noah and his ark. “God,” played charmingly by Morgan Freeman, told the new Noah character that the first flood occurred because the people hadn’t done enough “acts of random kindness" (as in A.R.K. Get it?). God destroyed the world and its inhabitants, the contemporary god said, not to punish a wicked and perverse generation as we read in Genesis 6, but as a benign object lesson to encourage people to be nicer to each other. It was bad theology and a radical distortion of Scripture.

    As for whether my readers and their sons and daughters should see this film, that decision depends on their individual interpretations and beliefs. From my perspective, it is a shame that the movie is flawed in ways that could have so easily been avoided. Nevertheless, I appreciate the fact that the producers and writers did not include the gratuitous sex and violence that punctuates so many other summer offerings. Evan Almighty could have been a perennial favorite.
     
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    James Dobson , in his willingness to appear open-minded , was a willing viewer of a blasphemous "comedy" ! His seemingly moderate approach to this kind of movie is reprehensible . I know he ended up denouncing the film -- but when one knows that such foolishness is involved in mocking God's character ---- why bother to see the trash ?!
     
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    After reading just this part of the movie script, I know my family will not waste money to see it. It proves that it is just as blasphemous as its predecessor.
     
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    As a Mother of 2 children, I heavily rely on Plugged in Online (under the Leadership of Focus on the Family) to give me advice on the movies that my children are asking to see.

    In order to review the movies, someone (Plugged In) must actually watch the movies.

    The Plugged in Online Review was published on their site only hours before the movie opened.

    If I had read only the Plugged in Online Review, I may have considered taking my children to see this movie.

    From Dr. Dobson's review.....
    I see that he is disagreeing with the Plugged In Online Review.

    I respect Dr. Dobson for seeing the movie.
    I respect Dr. Dobson for what he wrote.
    I respect that he didn't make the initial reviewer change his review.

    I respect his Leadership in this country.




     
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    Salon.com (a liberal political new site) has published a review of Evan Almighty and says some things about this movie that Christian might want to think about

    http://www.slate.com/id/2168886/fr/flyout
     
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    I agree 1000% and so does my Pastor.

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    I thought that the orignal movie was blasphemous.
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    I refuse to see this so called movie
     
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    I'm surprised that we accept having people play God, and the rest of the "artistic license" involved as much as we are. Such representations will always have inaccuracies that can constitute blasphemy.

    Wasn't there a religious uproar when "The Ten Commandments" first came out? Or was that among the Jews only?
     
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    Here's a review from Answers in Genesis.org:

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n2/evan-almighty-review

     

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