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« on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 13:41:48 »
I have a feeling that it will be good. Did any of you see Jim on Oprah recently? It just happened to be a day I had the tv on during the afternoon and caught that he was her guest.

I'll have to paraphrase, but in describing the character he plays, Jim talked about how Bruce is like one of these people who are actually very blessed but think everything's against them. He used the illustration of how it's like a guy sitting at some very fine banquet table, just laden with all kinds of good food,  but instead of enjoying it, he's lamenting that there are no cranberries ... "It's just not a banquet without cranberries!"

Don't even want to think of how often I've been guilty of stuff like that!

I think, from what he said in the interview, that will be the basic "moral" of the movie: learning to appreciate the blessings we have instead of focusing on the negatives.

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« Reply #1 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 18:12:01 »
I plan on watching the movie.  I love Jim Carey, and after reading the interview that Elliasdam pointed us to, I think it will be great to see.

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« Reply #2 on: Wed May 28, 2003 - 14:46:43 »
Here's an interesting little tidbit that came in my email:

[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]They think it's a joke to call God. They're driving a Pinellas Park, Fla., woman nuts -- not to mention the employees at a Denver radio station and an elderly lady in South Carolina.
The St. Petersburg Times reports for these poor folks the phone rings at all hours -- and callers ask "Is God there?" or "God?" Then they chuckle and hang up.
The box office hit, "Bruce Almighty" is to blame. In one scene, God (Morgan Freeman) pages Bruce (Jim Carrey) and leaves a number, which flashes on Bruce's pager and on the movie screen.
Since it's a real phone number, folks who dial it, wherever they are, are getting real people answering, the paper says.
Dawn Jenkins of Pinellas Park saw the movie and saw her cell phone number flash on the screen. Soon she was getting 15 to 20 calls an hour from people asking for God.
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« Reply #3 on: Sun Jun 15, 2003 - 20:10:01 »
Thanks for your reviews Lindsey and Lisa. I always like to know what the critics and other people think when trying to decide whether or not to fork over $7.00. Then I usually disregard their views completely and go see it myself, even if they said they hated it. What do the critics know, anyway? I must say, I changed my mind somewhat after reading the article on the link posted by ellisadam.

Pax vobiscum.

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« Reply #3 on: Sun Jun 15, 2003 - 20:10:01 »
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« Reply #4 on: Sat Jun 21, 2003 - 07:48:36 »
I just arrived home from seeing it.  I was impressed with the message, although Jim Carrey goes over the top for me ( I prefer intelligent absurdism not his 6 yr old stuff).

The message is very introspective for Hollywood.  I've read of jim Carrey, but I wonder if the film had an impact on Jennifer Aniston.  It really rails against the "Friends" generation.  They were so self-absorbed (almost as bad as Seinfeld) they made me chuck!

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« Reply #5 on: Tue Jun 24, 2003 - 20:42:23 »
here's where I read it.  Bruce Almighty.

A graphic obscures some of the article; I may see if I can find the original.  It occurred to me re-reading this that the author never says that he actually saw the movie.

I guess I understand that a person who thinks that the concept itself is blasphemous would feel the need to criticize without actually watching the film.  I think different people come to this from different places.

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« Reply #6 on: Mon Jul 14, 2003 - 12:44:49 »
They must have gotten rid of that review because when i went to that link it wasn't there. Maybe they had second thoughts?

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« Reply #7 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 09:52:23 »
I would like to remind the Movie Reviewers that Bruce Almighty...starring Jim Carrey and Jenifer Anniston is opening Friday 23rd.  Hopefully Jim won't let me down this time!

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« Reply #8 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 13:23:29 »
Yeah, that's my thought too. With Jim Carrey, I know it'll be funny and am tempted to want to see it but I just worry about the portrayal of God.

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« Reply #9 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 13:48:35 »
I guess if people can enjoy the Python crew's religious offerings, or John Denver & George Burns in "Oh, God!", they can stand Jim doing his bit.

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« Reply #10 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 15:26:13 »
From the previews I had seen, I was all ready to mark this one off as blasphemous.  Then I ran across this interview with the director of Bruce Almighty.  I think I've changed my mind.  Check it out.  Click here for interview

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« Reply #11 on: Wed May 21, 2003 - 00:37:52 »
Thanks for posting the link to the interview, Adam...

I may have to reconsider my previous reservations about this movie, even though the trailer turns my stomach!

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« Reply #12 on: Thu May 22, 2003 - 07:57:18 »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]From the previews I had seen, I was all ready to mark this one off as blasphemous.  Then I ran across this interview with the director of Bruce Almighty.  I think I've changed my mind. [/quote]
I was thinking the samething.  Thanks for sharing this link.  I especially like;
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]But the point of the Bible is that it's not about a moment, its about the entire journey. Because if the Bible hadn't ended where it ended, it be a pretty downer of a book. But it ends with redemption. So if you take one sentence out of the Bible and that sentence deals with violence or sex, and you just focus on that sentence, you wouldn't want to go near the Bible. But if you look at the Bible as a whole, its redemptive and beautiful and it's God's love story to mankind. [/quote] from that interview!  He gives a lot of food for thought.  I would say, not to embrace our imperfections but as he put it, not to focus on the moment but the journey.  Wow.  Profound.

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« Reply #13 on: Fri May 23, 2003 - 19:36:28 »
Not a good movie. Very disappointed. Big let down. The story has been written a thousand times. It took a couple of hours to say, "Stop being so self-centered," and contained too much "anything goes" (and I am considered "liberal" by many).  Definitely not a kid movie, even though it seemed like a Disney movie. It leaves a bad taste in you mouth. Morgan Freeman has played in better movies. Go rent 'The Shawshank Redemption.'  You will get your money's worth on that one!

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« Reply #14 on: Thu May 29, 2003 - 05:43:37 »
Wasn't there a law passed many years ago after some music video displayed a phone number, that songs or films or TV shows, ect. weren't allowed to use real phone numbers any more, but something along the lines of "555-5555."  
Nevertheless, it isn't entirely the fault of the film.  The events around this new phone number just show the maturity (or the lack there of) of most people these days.

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« Reply #15 on: Sun Jun 15, 2003 - 18:54:37 »
One more thing I would like to say about the movie--One reason I think some people struggle with it is because it was real life and honest and most of us (including me) do not like to look at the uglyness(?SP) in our own lives and with that I'll shut up!

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« Reply #16 on: Mon Jun 16, 2003 - 08:21:39 »
I saw the movie and thought that its good, its not any more blasphemous than anything else on the boob tube.

There are parts that could be considered blasphemous, but since when is questioning God abnormal?  Haven't we seen evidence in the bible of even godly people doing this?

I think the ending of the movie showed it was not anti-God..

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« Reply #17 on: Wed Jun 18, 2003 - 15:57:23 »
I really liked this movie. I was amazed that Holywood could make a movie this spiritual and so Christian.

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« Reply #18 on: Mon Jul 07, 2003 - 22:19:04 »
Good one Humor Police..............I also wonder why on this same site (Atlas Church) they call the family and youth ministry FLAYM........yikes........isn't that pronounced "flame"?
 :doh: Is this a conspiracy?  ;)
Ok, I am sorry again.....I am doomed if I can't mix humor with religion, or humor with almost anything for that matter!  :lookaround:

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« Reply #19 on: Sat Jun 21, 2003 - 19:42:29 »
Hmmm. . . while surfing for bulletin stuff yesterday, I found an article that said that anyone who laughs at this movie is destined for the lake of fire!

I'll probably wait for video myself, then decide whether I need to purchase asbestos underwear. :0

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« Reply #20 on: Tue Jun 24, 2003 - 17:48:04 »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]marc wrote:
Hmmm. . . while surfing for bulletin stuff yesterday, I found an article that said that anyone who laughs at this movie is destined for the lake of fire!

I'll probably wait for video myself, then decide whether I need to purchase asbestos underwear.[/quote]
Hey Marc.

If you know where that site was that you surfed-by this weekend, I would love to read that article.

You could post it here, or send it to me in a PM or Email...
I would greatly appreciate it.

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« Reply #21 on: Tue Jun 24, 2003 - 22:15:41 »
Thanks for the link, Marc.

Here are some of the actual, word for word comments from that article:
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]Suffice it to say, the lake of fire is prepared for those who watch this movie and think it to be funny.[/quote]
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]The Lord will not hold guiltless those who participate in "Bruce Almighty" nor will God hold guiltless those Christians who go and watch such a movie. The darkness of Hell will be full of those who profane the name of God![/quote]

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« Reply #22 on: Sun Jul 06, 2003 - 00:04:14 »
Now, now, Memmy, haven't you been told about the dangers of mixing humor and religion?  Do you not fear the lake of fire? :moping:  :lookaround:  :saint:

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« Reply #23 on: Mon Jul 14, 2003 - 19:11:25 »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote (Guest @ July 06 2003,01:04)[/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--] Do you not fear the lake of fire? :moping:  :lookaround:  :saint:[/quote]
Can you Jet-Ski on the Lake of Fire?

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« Reply #24 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 12:11:19 »
I am curious about this one. It looks funny, I just hope that it isn't making fun of God or Christianity.

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« Reply #25 on: Tue May 20, 2003 - 15:21:14 »
I don't know about this one people...

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« Reply #26 on: Thu May 22, 2003 - 13:52:39 »
Well, I would definitely see it myself before I took other people (especially kids) to see it.

But, I know it will be a gut-buster.

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« Reply #27 on: Sun Jun 15, 2003 - 18:25:52 »
Well, I personally loved the movie.  Especially after reading the interivew with the director.  I chose to take my 15 year old son and I'm glad that I did.  I think we make a huge mistake when we dismiss something just because it isn't as pure as we think it should be.  Well guess what?!?!  None of us are pure as we should be without the blood of Jesus Christ. I guess I just think of how many people will be reached thru this movie that may never hear a sermon from the pulpit and I say Praise God!! To me you can never hear the message of surrender too much.  I know that I need to be told over and over again not to play God and that God is in control and God is love!!!  Thanks for allowing me to get that off my chest.  I love having a place where it is okay to disagree!!  

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« Reply #28 on: Mon Jun 16, 2003 - 09:33:10 »
I haven't seen the movie, I can't justify paying the price of admission when I have kids to feed.   :D  So, I cannot offer a personal review.

However, my daughter, a college sophomore, walked out.  This surprised me as she usually watches just about anything, much to my dismay.  All she said was, "dad, it was blasphemous, I couldn't sit there and watch them mock God."

An interesting observation from one of the younger generation.

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« Reply #29 on: Mon Jun 16, 2003 - 12:18:26 »
If I had seen this movie a few years ago I probably would react differently but I guess for me the God of my understanding has an awesome sense of humor and he very much wants a real relationship with me today and I feel that I do have a very personal relationship with Him.  I did use to believe that I could not get mad at Him or question Him but today I know that He is not only big enough to handle it but I believe that He actually wants me to because in doing this is how I become closer to HIm.  Also, understanding where the director is coming from helps alot.  I heard that the director has changed his life around and now has a relationship with God and from reading his interview it seems so to me.  Another wonderful thing about God is that we don't have to all see this just alike.  We are all different places on our spiritual journey and wherever you are on that journey is okay just as long as you are headed in the direction that leads to Him.  Our God is an awesome God!!

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« Reply #30 on: Mon Jun 23, 2003 - 08:59:18 »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]I really liked this movie. I was amazed that Holywood could make a movie this spiritual and so Christian.
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I have to agree. I think it was one of the most blatantly Christian movies to hit the mainstream. I was convinced of this especially in the scene where Bruce (Jim Carrey) falls to his knees (in the middle of a freeway) and cries "I surrender to your will, God! I can't do it myself - I want you to decide what's right for me from now on."

That was pretty amazing, I thought.

Another profound theological thought from the movie:
In one part of the movie, Bruce, endowed with God's powers is trying to woo back his girlfriend, Grace. However, God does not allow him to "mess with" free will. In a meeting with God, Jim asks in despair "How do you make someone love you without messing with free will?" God says "Welcome to my world" or something to the effect of "that's what I have to deal with everyday".

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« Reply #31 on: Wed Jun 25, 2003 - 06:55:52 »
Looks like this church has come a long way since :

ATLAS MINISTERS
 
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James A Hendrix
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Geesh, remember Jimmie Hendrix? :playingguitar: :music:

Ok, ok, sorry I was just trying to have some fun here....off to work...Bye for now.
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« Reply #32 on: Sun Nov 30, 2003 - 13:21:43 »
I rented \"Bruce Almighty\" last week. My initial reservations about the film were that it was overtly blasphemous, but, after Adam Ellis posted a link to an interview with the director, I decided to see it first, and comment later.

After having seen it, I must say that several parts of the movie did make me uncomfortable. The overall message seemed applaudable, yet, watered-down to a degree (what more could you expect from Hollywood?).

There were funny parts, and parts that made me feel very awkward to laugh at. Needless to say, at least for my review, I don't know if the end justified the means.

(By the way, did anyone else notice any allusions to the Chevy Chase movie \"Modern Problems\"? The \"love\" scene with Jennifer Aniston, along with the deleted scene showing Bruce manipulating the anchor and causing his nose to bleed are almost carbon copies of that film.)

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« Reply #33 on: Thu Dec 04, 2003 - 16:24:59 »
I'm actually using one of the deleted scenes from this film as an illustration in a sermon this weekend.

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« Reply #34 on: Sun Dec 07, 2003 - 08:03:33 »
SOAP man,
Is it the one about Lance Armstrong?

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