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The sequel to Bruce Almighty, spoofing the biblical story of The Flood and Noah's ark. Evan Baxter (Bruce's rival from the first film) becomes a congressman and moves to Washington D.C. where God forces him to become the next Noah, presumably to save people (and animals) from the next Flood. This causes people, even his family, to think he's going crazy.The biggest budget comedy movie made at its time, although its critical responsenote 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and box office performance might indicate money doesn't buy fun.
Ark Words: "One act of random kindness at a time."
As the Good Book Says: Evan keeps getting prompted with the number 614. Genesis 6:14 is "Make thee an ark of gopherwood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch".
Artistic License – Religion: Besides the very subtle abuse of "works in mysterious ways", at the end of the Great Flood God had promised to never flood the entire world ever again. Subverted because although a global flood was implied, it was actually localised and not global (even if it did make a temporary inland sea. Besides, God didn't cause it; man did.
Belated Backstory: Evan Baxter goes from a smug, vapid antagonist to a nice, well-meaning father and husband whose only real flaw is that he is a workaholic. Considering he doesn't even have the same job he had the first film he comes across more as a a brand new character that coincidentally has the same name and actor as the original Evan.
Steve Carell admitted in an interview around the time of the movie's release, that Evan Almighty should just be looked upon as its own stand alone movie, and not as a sequel to Bruce Almighty, and that all it really is, it's a retelling of Noah's Ark set in the present day.
Cutting Corners: The flood occurs because the dam burst, which was due to the film's antagonist trying to save money in its construction.
Death Glare: The whole Senate at Long once they find out his business practices and the fact that a whole community was wiped out thanks to it. If it wasn't for Evan and his Ark, that also could've included lives being lost as well.
Dolled-Up Installment: Was not originally written as a sequel to Bruce Almighty. That would explain why the character Evan Baxter has a different personality, and really isn't the Jerkass he was in the first film, though Evan did go through character development at the end.
Ultimately a subversion, as it turns out The flood was caused by corrupt humans cutting corners on the construction of a dam, not by God or nature.
Green Aesop: In the first ten minutes, we see Evan driving a Hummer, ordering kitchen units in wood from old-growth rainforests, and considering sponsoring a bill to open up national parks for development. Oh, and he hates animals. Wonder where this is going?
No Endor Holocaust: Even if we assume that no one got killed during the initial flood, the huge amount of property damage, resulting mold and the fact that sources of clean water would be compromised after such a disaster make the fact that Evan became a marginally better human being not such a great accomplishment as the movie wants us to think. This Cracked article puts it the best.
Selective Obliviousness: No one seems to notice the changes in Evan that seem to happen instantly. No one notices Evan's clothes teleport off him and into a neatly folded bundle in a nationally televised hearing. No one notices Evan's hair change from brown to white overnight?
Sudden Musical Ending: The cast starts singing and dancing to "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" during the credits.
Took a Level in Jerkass: God's behaviour towards Evan is often bordering on downright cruel, compared to the Trickster Mentor he was to Bruce in the first film. At least he didn't make Bruce and the people in his life, question whether Bruce was losing his grip on reality, whereas Evan often is forced to look utterly insane, for no good reason whatsoever!
To be fair, though, in the Biblical story of Noah, he was harshly mocked by the people around him, and his own family was speculative until they finally decided to rally behind him and help, though this was because they thought the idea of building an ark was ludicrous, not because Noah was deliberately made to look like a pathetic clown. Bruce Almighty wasn't really based on a Bible story, and the abilities God granted Bruce were used selfishly and for his own benefit for most of the film. Building an ark in your front yard is not going to win you many friends until they figure out why.
Also to be fair, God was a pretty big Jerkass in Bruce Almighty too. I mean, sure he gave Bruce free reign to do pretty much anything he wanted, but that was only good for Bruce, not all the billions of people who were suddenly at his mercy. All the people who suffered as a result of Bruce's powers, including Evan himself, would argue that God's always been at this level of jerkassery.
Weirdness Censor: The only way to explain the way people keep dismissing the strange things going on around and with Evan, especially when dealing with hordes of animals suddenly appearing multiple times.