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Newly elected to Congress, Evan leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia. Once there, his life gets turned upside-down when God (Morgan Freeman) appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark. But his befuddled family just can't decide whether Evan is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of Biblical proportions...
Comedy - This comedy is aimed at a family audience, perhaps alienating star
Steve Carell's more mature fans. There are lots of animals and
digital effects, as well as silly slapstick that will play well to
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Evan Almighty is amusing in pieces but, taken as a whole, it offers little, and the morality lesson is galling.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Evan Almighty, which turns Steve Carell into a modern-day Noah, might amuse the youngest members of the audience with its wide assortment of animals, but for those of us who would see it for its impressive human cast, it is nothing but a disappointment.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 141 moviegoers:OUTSTANDING OPINIONS from all ages, both male and female! The critics certainly missed it on this one. Everyone loved "Evan Almighty." A wonderful, heartwarming, funny, feel-good movie for the whole family. DON'T MISS IT!
Newly elected to Congress, Evan has left Buffalo behind to shepherd his wife,
Joan (LAUREN GRAHAM), and three sons—
Dylan (JOHNNY SIMMONS), Jordan (GRAHAM PHILLIPS) and Ryan (JIMMY BENNETT)—to the
suburban town of Huntsville, Virginia, where they will begin the next chapter of their
As the Baxters become ensconced in their enormous home nestled within the
pristine hills of northern Virginia, Evan prepares for his first day on the job as the
freshman congressman from New York. The casually spiritual politico offers a prayer to
God to "change the world." Little does he know that The Man upstairs already has big
plans for him.
Invited to co-sponsor a high-profile bill by one of the House's most powerful
members, Congressman Long (JOHN GOODMAN), Evan is sure that his prayers have been answered. His crackerjack team of
aides—assistant Rita (WANDA SYKES), chief of staff Marty
(JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS) and intern
Eugene (JONAH HILL)—couldn't be more thrilled at this
opportunity, although Evan realizes it will take him away from his oft-neglected family.
However conflicted, power is important to Evan, and so he accepts the offer.
Almost immediately, odd things begin occurring, and the self-centered
representative's life becomes officially turned upside down. From mysterious deliveries
of ancient tools and large parcels of wood to curious stalkings by birds of every feather,
Evan is certain he's losing it. His certain descent into comic confusion culminates with a
visit from a tall stranger claiming to be God who has one simple, albeit ludicrous,
command: Evan must build an ark to prepare his friends and family for a mighty flood.
With the help of his three boys and armed with a first edition "Ark Building for
Dummies," Evan begrudgingly begins to build the ship, not knowing what's in store once
it's completed. To his utter dismay, animals of all shapes and sizes begin appearing two
by two, until a menagerie of God's creatures inhabits the wooded forest surrounding his
That's not the only thing changing. Evan's normally manicured appearance heads
south as his befuddled wife observes him transforming into a barely recognizable
bearded, longhaired, robe-wearing weirdo. No amount of trimming, tussling or trickery
keeps the beard from growing…and growing.
Despite being on the verge of losing everything he previously held precious, Evan
continues to build for the flood that will either destroy the land or prove to be a figment
of his imagination. And while all around him shake their heads and stare, one man must
discover whether he is having an extraordinary midlife crisis or is truly onto something of