The Man Who Sued God

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  • 2001
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.4  (5,195)

The Man Who Sued God is a 2001 Australian comedy-drama starring Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, and Colin Friels. The movie follows the unusual story of Steve Myers (Billy Connolly), a former lawyer turned fisherman who finds himself in a difficult situation when his boat is struck by lightning and destroyed. Frustrated by his insurance company's refusal to cover the damages on the basis of an "act of God" exclusion clause, Steve decides to take a bold step and sue God for damages.

The movie opens with a close-up of Steve's face as he stands staring out into the ocean, surrounded by the wreckage of his boat. It is an intense moment that immediately sets the tone for the film. As the story unfolds, we see Steve struggling to get the compensation he deserves, but the insurance company keeps denying his claim, saying that he's not covered because it was an "act of God" that destroyed his boat. Even worse, the company has decided to repossess his house, leaving him with no choice but to find a new place to live.

Feeling desperate and angry, Steve comes up with the idea of suing God for causing the lightning strike that destroyed his boat. He files a lawsuit against the insurance company, arguing that they are liable for his losses because the insurance contract was between him and God. The case attracts national attention, with Steve becoming something of a folk hero as he takes on the establishment and challenges people's perceptions of God.

As the case gains momentum, Steve's life starts to change in unexpected ways. He meets Anna (Judy Davis), a journalist who covers his story and falls in love with him. Together, they pursue the case, facing resistance from the religious community and skepticism from the media. The trial becomes a media circus, with Steve and his legal team arguing that God should be held responsible for natural disasters, and the insurance company arguing that it is impossible to sue an entity that doesn't exist.

The Man Who Sued God is a thought-provoking movie that tackles important questions about faith, ethics, and the role of insurance in our lives. It is a smart and witty film that manages to balance its serious themes with a lighthearted sense of humor. Billy Connolly gives a fantastic performance as Steve, bringing a sense of humor and humanity to his character that makes him relatable and likable. His scenes with Judy Davis are particularly enjoyable, with the two actors having great chemistry and providing a charming romantic subplot to the story.

Overall, The Man Who Sued God is a compelling movie that will leave viewers thinking about its themes long after the credits have rolled. It is a rare gem of a film that manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking, and it is definitely worth watching for anyone who enjoys intelligent comedies and dramas.

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    1 hr 37 min
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    6.4  (5,195)