.

Evan Almighty

Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, John Michael Higgins

Directed by Tom Shadyac
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 1
Community: star rating
5 1 0
June 20, 2007

It's too lame to be mighty, except in budget that is. At a reported $175 million, the shamelessly juvenile, pseudo-religious, mock-sincere Evan Almighty — an update on Noah's Ark for Christian-conservative families everywhere — is the most expensive Hollywood comedy ever made. Problem? It's not that funny. I compute that every laugh cost about $20 million. And most of those of are poop jokes.

Let me back up a bit. In 2003, Jim Carrey hit paydirt with Bruce Almighty, playing a TV reporter who cursed God. The deity appeared to him in the imposing form of Morgan Freeman and told him to try playing God for a while. Lesson learned. A sequel didn't interest Carrey (wise man), so Steve Carell, who costarred in Bruce as another TV airhead, was coaxed into duty. What luck since The 40-Year-Old Virgin and TV's The Office subsequently put a rocket under Carell's career. Freeman also signed on, as did director Tom Shadyac and screenwriter Steve Oedekerk. Any other resemblance to Bruce is purely coincidental. Carell's Evan Baxter is now a frosh Congresssman with a wife (Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham) and three sons. God is now green, with an environmentalist agenda that includes getting Evan to dump his Hummer, learn to pray, sandal up like Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments, grow a flowing white beard, and build an ark with two of every animal — making sure that not one is constipated.

What surprises do God and Evan have in store for evil Congressman Long (John Goodman in full bluster) and his fellow D.C. polluters? I wouldn't dream of spoiling what feeble fun there is, but when the ark gets its sea legs you may be amazed that the pricey special effects produce so little amazement. The use of real animals instead of computer versions obviously strained the budget. But even five-year-olds will find (let's hope) diminishing returns in lion farts and bird splatter. It's Carell who projects the movie's only sense of mischief. But it's too little and too late.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Vans”

    The Pack | 2006

    Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com