Bruce Almighty is a 2003 comedy directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Aniston. It follows Bruce Nolan, an ambitious and egocentric TV reporter who has a chip on his shoulder for God. Life isn’t going the way he would like to see it go for Him, so he very quickly blames God for the things that go wrong in his life.
After one particularly angry moment Bruce calls God out and accuses Him of doing a lousy job. He rages at God, saying “The gloves are off pal!” and “Smite me O mighty Smiter!” In the middle of his rant, God pages Bruce and tries to get his attention, finally drawing him to His “office” for a new job – His job. “You think you can do it better, so here’s your chance”, he says. God gives Bruce all His powers and lets him have a try at being God.
The ride that follows gives us surprising opportunities from a Hollywood film to discuss issues like suffering in the world; spiritual gifts; God’s answers to prayer; God’s omniscience and omnipotence vs. the limits He puts on Himself in love. Many of the Questions We Ask God are laid out very creatively for our discussion.