The Man Who Sued God
is a 2001 Australian film starring Scottish funnyman Billy Connolly
, who plays fisherman and retired lawyer Steve Meyers. His wife has left him for the owner of the caravan park she lives in and is thinking of leaving with their daughter. This suits Steve just fine as he gets to spend his days on his boat with his dog, until lightning destroys it. When the Insurance companies refuse to pay on the basis of it being an act of god, Steve contemplates legal action. His local church gives him the idea to sue God instead, holding the Insurance agencies responsible for using God as a legal loophole.
This attracts the attention of news writer Anna Redmond (Judy Davis
) who attempts to guide Steve through the legal minefield as well as the Media Circus
. During the trial the two begin a relationship.
The Man Who Sued God has examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending: Steve drops his lawsuit in the end, commenting that it'll take years for him to pay off his legal costs. However, the clergymen, with financial resources that Steve hasn't got, then proceed to sue the insurance companies for 'unauthorised use of our Lord's name', with a subsequent news report of the insurance companies' stocks plummeting.
- Brick Joke: "God is our copyright."
- Face-Heel Turn: Steve teases this when the Insurance companies offer a settlement to drop the case, where it looks like he'll abandon the other victims who joined him in his quest.
- Fake Nationality: One extra refers to Billy as "Irish" when pointing him out.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: The main character is a fisherman whose boat is destroyed by lightning, but he isn't allowed to claim damages from his insurance company because the lightning was "an act of God." So he sues God. (God is represented in court by clergymen.)
- It later turns out that Anna has a history of this, suing people for her goldfish dying.
- Newscaster Cameo: Chris Bath (one of the better-known Seven Network News Journalists) appears as a newsreader.