I saw a quote the other day, see if this sounds about right.
“It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments.”
I have to admit, even I didn’t go to the theater to see this movie. I loved Bruce Almighty; you can learn a lot about God by watching it, I’m not kidding. But the Evan Almighty concept seemed like a stretch. It was a sequel to a Jim Carry movie without Jim Carry. Never do a sequel without the star (Speed 2, Cruise Control).
However – I finally got to see Evan Almighty on DVD, and it’s much better than I expected. I just couldn’t imagine how they would make the story turn out any good at all, but it works. Not as funny as the first, but there is still a thing or two to be said about God. The movie is rated PG, but I don’t see why. You could watch this with 4-year-olds. Unless I’m mistaken, there was not one bad word. Morgan Freeman relates theological truth in a way that George Burns couldn’t have done in a million years. Lauren Graham plays opposite Steve Correll, and I don’t even remember her name on the bill. It’s like a bonus. (Okay, eat my alive, but I’m a big fan of the Gilmore Girls. Go ahead, let me have it.)
Bottom line: I didn’t think it would be any good, but it was. It’s a shame this movie tanked in the box office. Definitely worth a look. And if Michael Spencer doesn’t hurry up and watch Bruce Almighty sometime soon, I’m going to time him up and force him to. I’m on a mission.