Jim Carrey’s Bruce Nolan is the pettiest man on earth. He has a good job as a goofy-news features reporter at a Buffalo, N.Y. TV station — and has Jennifer Aniston as a live-in girlfriend. Yet he feels as put-upon as Job because he longs to be the next Walter Cronkite but is not taken seriously as a candidate for anchor. He resents his dismissive rival, Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) and his boss (Philip Baker Hall) for assigning all the serious news stories to Evan. He finally lands a plum assignment but has an epic live meltdown when he learns that Evan has already won the anchor seat Bruce coveted.
When bemused deity Morgan Freeman grants Bruce godlike powers, does he take over the world, make himself rich, or cure cancer? No, he sabotages Evan’s career and gets himself a reputation for scoops by inventing elaborate news events near wherever he happens to be and then covering them. Even if he’d had celestial powers, Cronkite wouldn’t have faked it like that. Oh, by the way, there’s a woman at the station, Susan Ortega (Catherine Bell), a co-anchor whose only apparent function is to try to lead Bruce into temptation.