I was prepared to be offended when I went to see Evan Almighty last Friday. I was prepared for a cheap remake of the less than memorable Bruce Almighty film starring Jim Carey. I was ready for crude, sophomoric humor centered around bodily functions, spoofs, and obnoxious sexual gags. But my husband really wanted to see this movie, we had free passes, and I can't pass up a five-gallon bucket of popcorn and a bottomless Pepsi.
Instead I was blissfully surprised. Steve Correll played the part of Evan Baxter in much the same way he plays the loveable dork, Michael Scott on The Office. Fans of the show will see similarities. Whether a fan of Steve Correll's work or not, Evan Almighty is a lighthearted movie you can take the kids to with no fear of offensive language, semi-nudity, or crass humor you'll need to explain on the way home. On the contrary, this movie may open conversations about the similarites of the real Noah's Ark story, obedience, faith, and other matters we'd like to explore with our children, but sometimes find difficult.
Don't expect enlightenment or a necessarily brilliant plot. Many plot points you'll see coming a mile away. Don't overthink things. Just relax and have fun. This is a great family film and the best time I've had at the theater in a long time.
P.S. The popcorn was divine.