Director: Tom Shadyac
Well I’ll be. Here I was ready to damn this movie to hell and it wasn’t that bad. ‘That bad’ meaning it wasn’t the worst comedy every made.
The story is based on the biblical fairy tale of Noah’s Arc. Back in the day this story almost got me kicked out of Sunday school because I refused to accept it as having actually happened. Sure I digged the evil, old testament god; and what young boy doesn’t dream about vengefully killing every living thing in a flood? My problem was with the two of every animal thing and the inbreeding needed to repopulate the species. I’m all for faith and whatever stories get you through life, but saying this actually happened is just silly. Granted it’s not as far fetched as Scientology but it’s not exactly close fetched either.
This incarnation of the Noah story is Disney-esque in its simplicity. Here the delightful Steve Carell plays a news anchor, turned congressman, turned god’s tool. The villain is the always fantastic John Goodman as your average congressman getting rich off doing what’s best for crooked developers. Luckily it’s not real life and an act of god sets him straight. The arc is huge, the animals are cute, and the sparse laughs come almost exclusively from hammer hitting thumb jokes.
I wouldn’t go so far as to recommend this film, but if you’re dragged to it, expect the absolute worst and it won’t be quite that bad. For a better kids flick check out Nancy Drew.