In one of the weirdest spinoffs of all time, TV news anchor and newly-elected congressman Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) is visited by God (Morgan Freeman) and asked to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. Baxter's character, also played by Carell, was Jim Carrey's nemesis in 2003's Bruce Almighty, in which Bruce (Carrey) thinks he can fix the world's problems better than God himself (Freeman), with moderately humorous results.
Films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Evan Almighty are putting Steve Carell in danger of becoming a comedic one-note. While his dramatic career is beginning to blossom (Little Miss Sunshine), his physical comedy and PG-rated rants do not change from project to project. Producer/director Tom Shadyac has thrice directed Carrey—in Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective—and though he perhaps expected Carell to perform typical Carrey-esque antics, they appear forced.
Poking fun at an iconic Bible story may offend certain viewers, but the humor is innocuous enough and Academy Award-winner Freeman's warm portrayal of God will certainly help deflect criticism. In fact, Freeman is largely the most appealing feature of the picture.
Evan Almighty is a family film that kids will giggle over thanks to its goofy premise, Carell's antics and lots of animals behaving badly. But overall, there's not a lot of entertainment value, and both Carell's portrayal of Baxter and this movie feel like knockoffs—because they are.This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.