Yesterday evening, I was where I usually wind up after hours: On my couch, watching movie that I’ve already seen before. The film of choice was Bruce Almighty. It’s fine, has a few funny points, but importantly, doesn’t demand your full attention. I did, however, notice whoever decided the main character’s “crappy” car should be a 1976 Datsun 280Z sure screwed up royally. The movie, if you haven’t seen it, is a 2003 fantasy comedy that stars Jim Carrey. It’s about a down-on-his-luck television reporter named Bruce Nolan who can’t seem to catch a break. Rather than looking at his own life and wondering what he could do to alter the course of things, he instead places the blame on everyone else, including God (who turns out to be Morgan Freeman). After a strange turn of events, Nolan meets God and challenges him by saying that he could do a better job. So, God calls his bluff and Nolan ends up with God’s powers and can use them at his own discretion. In that sense, the movie has a pretty traditional rags-to-riches storyline. It’s fitting that the Bruce Almighty’s writers would give Nolan a shitty car to start out with. He’s unhappy about his life, nothing is going the way he wants and he has low self-esteem. Let’s get him a fitting, shitty car, too! But that shitty car turns out to be a 1976 Datsun 280Z, a car that is very much not shitty. The person who made this… [Read full story]
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