“Evan Almighty” is the sequel to 2003’s “Bruce Almighty.” This time newly-elected Congressman Evan Baxter (played by Steve Carrell) get the visit from God (once again played by Morgan Freeman).
God tells Evan to build and ark because a flood is coming. At first he doesn’t believe him. but eventually Evan begins the ark, though his family doesn’t support him and he nearly loses his job.
John Goodman plays an evil Congressman who doesn’t like animals and wants to take land away from state parks. God and Evan work together to teach him a lesson.
“Evan Almighty” is not as funny as I thought it would be. I think all of the good scenes were in the trailers, though Wanda Sykes, who plays Evan’s assistant, has some pretty good lines.
Lauren Graham (from “Gilmore Girls”) plays Evan’s wife. She and the three Baxter kids don’t add much to the story. The animals are the real stars. The baboons are the best.
The film is rated PG. There is a little crude language and an interesting action sequence at the end, but it’s all safe for the entire family.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “Evan Almighty” gets a disappointing C+. Not good for the most expensive comedy of all time. Sorry God.
Be sure to check-out the credits, which are funnier than most of the movie.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.