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    A scene from 'Bruce Almighty'   Jim Carrey may be unconvincing as a TV newsman in "Bruce Almighty," but as an everyday joe temporarily granted all the powers of God, his return to crackpot comedy is a welcome summer movie treat. After some angry finger-waving toward heaven over a fairly minor bout of bad luck (a lost promotion, a dog he can't housebreak), Bruce Nolan (Carrey) is made omnipotent by the Big Guy (Morgan Freeman having a little fun with his noble image) to show the whiner how tough the job of the Almighty really is -- and humorous havoc ensues. The story arc is predictable -- Bruce has a lesson to learn, after all. But the writing is wickedly witty -- right up until director Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura," "Liar Liar," "Patch Adams") reels in the clever comedy and rolls out the stock plot conflicts (Bruce's girlfriend sees a sexpot anchorwoman kiss him and now he must win her back!) and the cloying, heavy-handed moral-of-the-story messages. But Carrey, Freeman and Jennifer Aniston (in a teriffic performance of humor, depth and resolve as the girlfriend) make it easy to forgive "Bruce Almighty" most of its shortcomings.
    *** out of **** (100m | PG-13) (Full review)

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