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Evan Almighty
Review by Ross Anthony

Both excited and anxious about this film, I attended a showing. Excited, because Steve Carell is a very funny man and because I particularly enjoy films with a supernatural bent. Anxious, because, well, as an author myself, I'd previously written a novel in a similar vein. It's a strange feeling to experience a creative work that floats in the same waters as one of your own.

One other factor came into play. I'd missed the press screening because of a Father's Day trip out of LA. This gave me the chance to glance at the ratings of other reviewers. I was surprised that so many of them were unimpressed with this film.

Before heading back to LA, I treated Mom and Pops (and my seven-year-old niece) to this movie. I'm pleased to say we all had a great time. My niece loved the animals, Dad enjoyed the supernatural, Mom chuckled and I guffawed.

“Evan Almighty” is a fine movie. It's based on a brilliant idea -- although, I may be biased -- I came up with it, too. Secondly, it's got a good pace. Thirdly, it richly mixes funny, supernatural, and heart. That's entertainment -- a film the whole family can enjoy, as evidenced by my happy clan of four ranging in age from seven to sixty-seven.

If you, likewise, enjoyed this film, and my review has made you curious about my "modern-day-Noah" novel -- by all means, let me know. I'll extend my Father's Day special to you -- when you buy a copy -- I’ll not only sign it, but give you a second signed copy Free. (Just let me know that you’re interested by using the box below or at Ross Anthony.com/books -- and I'll send you the coupon code. PS: Unlike Evan, My book is more of a drama, less of a comedy and for more mature audiences. This offer is good through 2008.)

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  • Evan Almighty. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, Johnny Simmons, Graham Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, John Goodman, Wanda Sykesm, John Michael Higgins.
  • Director by Tom Shadyac.
  • Screenplay by Steve Oedekerk.
  • Produced by Tom Shadyac, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Neal H. Moritz, Michael Bostick at Universal/Spyglass/Relativity Media.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)


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