God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. (IMDb)
The set-up’s predictable (yet another working dad neglecting his kids); the build-up is too (The Santa Clause, anyone?), but the plethora of biblical puns make it fun. The humor is mostly bland slapstick (Hill’s stalker Eugene aside) but Carell’s solid turn (the beard probably helped) as the guy God is seemingly screwing over gives the second act surprising dramatic credibility. Finally, though the CGI boat ride of the third act is cringe-worthy, its environmentalist slant is appreciable.
A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world. (IMDb)
Though Carrey as Bruce is charming throughout, after a compelling first act set-up culminating in him cursing God, the second act has a little too much fun with his newfound powers, lazily letting some inconsistencies pop up (power corrupts, but Bruce’s transformation to douche was very sudden; wouldn’t his tampering with Evan be considered interfering with his free will?). A sentimental third act borders on mawkish at times but ultimately wraps things up with a nice “be the miracle” message.
In the 1970s, a medical student treats patients, illegally, using humor. (IMDb)
Williams is brilliant as the titular character: Goofy and sweet (the first red nose scene with the kids is heart-melting), gleefully subversive (“At your cervix!”; the grad mooning), and endearingly idealistic (see his late-night brainstorm with Carin). The powerful combination of humour and sentimentality throughout is enough to make the heart burst–or at least let the film’s cliched set-ups and lazily brisk pacing (the hints of dark tragedy begged for more time) slide, for the most part.
7.5/10 (Really Good)
A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team. (IMDb)
The titular character is undoubtedly the highlight here; outrageous facial expressions and bodily movements combine with huge hair, Hawaiian shirts, a quick wit, and savvy sleuthing skills to make one of Carrey’s most entertaining personas. The hilarious Ventura and his animal friends join some cocky cops, a ravishing reporter, and quarterback Dan Marino in this wacky but surprisingly well-crafted sports-tinged mystery that’s a lot of fun to watch.