Silly Evan Almighty Stays Afloat
- Thursday, June 21, 2007
Christians familiar with the Bible will identify with Evan’s struggle to publicly follow God’s leading in the face of ridicule from others—“Suppose some of you think you are wise by the standards of the world. Then you should become a ‘fool’ so that you can become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:18). However, those familiar with the purpose of the Noah account might be put off by the movie’s modern reinterpretation of that story.
But so much for the theology. What about the humor? Does Evan Almighty deliver laughs?
It does. Not the side-clutching, gut-busting guffaws of the best comedies, but a gentle amusement, with several chuckles along the way. It’s a summer blockbuster for the under-10 set, as well as teens and adults.
But check your cynicism at the door. In an era where both political parties are polling at historic lows with the American electorate, Evan Almighty makes the case that idealism can still triumph, and that some politicians will risk public disapproval and professional consequences for doing the right thing—a sadly antiquated notion these days.
AUDIENCE: School-age children and up
- Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; some crude terms and references to animal anatomy.
- Drugs/Alcohol: None, but a few jokey references, such as “Are you shooting up Rogaine?”
- Sex/Nudity: Husband and wife are pictured in bed, talking; Evan walks out of his house naked without realizing it, but the nakedness is not shown
- Violence: Comic moments, such as a dog biting a man in the crotch, construction accidents during the building of the ark, and quite a few bird droppings.
- Prayer/Faith: Evan’s wife prays for the family to be closer, but Evan, a man of little faith, asks for God’s help to change the world.
- Environmentalism: Though not preachy, the film has a mild pro-environment message that distorts the biblical idea of man’s dominion over creation.
Click here to watch the Evan Almighty trailer.
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