Yes Man has some decent laughs and the chemsitry between Allison (Zoey Deschanel) and Carl (Jim Carrey) is really sweet. The idea of saying yes and having good things happen to people is a sweet idea, and it's played well here. Sadly Jim Carrey does a few too many goofy faces, silly talk, and bad singing. A good percentage of the jokes fall pretty flat.
The not so great: The direction was not outstanding. The film was very uneven. It really got legs with around 30 minutes to go, the peak of funny. Peyton Reed has directed such great humorous films as The Love Bug for television, Bring it On, and Bad Haircut. Jim Carrey did just too many of those horrible facial expressions from Mask.
An Illustration of how the early part of the film was not exactly riviting cinema. Carl makes a pretty big deal out of picking up a copy of 300 in the video store. The movie then progresses a few days, maybe a week. Carl goes back to the video store and rents some random movies - clearly he returned 300 by that time - and we never see the movie titles. The next time we see him watching a movie, it's a clip (pun intended, a man is cutting off his leg) from Saw. And then a clip from 300. What, how could that be, he returned 300 already. Ah, a silly little continuity error. Oh, bigger point, the film was not interesting enough that I was looking for that kind of thing.
The film is rated PG-13 and personally, I think that was a gift. There are some scenes I did not want my 13 year old son to watch. There is a scene of an old woman, that asks Carl if he'd like sexual relief. He finally says yes (well there's his covenant to always say yes). The next montage is of him laying on the bed, her moving her way down his body, a shot of her teeth in a glass, and then a shot of Carl's reaction to having a very enjoyable orgasm. That thread is repeated later in the movie when one of his buddies goes to a back room with this old woman and says, I've heard a lot about what you can do. There were a few too many fairly adult jokes and visuals in this film. The language was a bit strong here and there. I'm not protective of my son, however, this was just wrong for his age.
The single disc DVD edition contains no bonus features at all. There are English subtitles for the hearing impared.
Any movie with Jim Carrey is the best movie ever!! This one is also very funny. Definite recommendation for this one. This man *played by Jim Carrey* has a dull life and says no to just about everything in his life.. Including not going out with friends and even missing his best friends wedding rehersal. He is convinced to go to this YES! meeting. So he has to say yes to every opportunity that comes along. … more
I haven't decide whether to like this film or not, am still in the process of watching it while multi-tasking over here on Lunch! It's a comedy, very ridiculous one, pretty much Jim Carrey's stuff. I suppose if you're a fan of his, it's great! Otherwise, probably a waste of time! Not much brain works needed and good way to relax...
The success of a movie is, like phrases and clothing styles, all about timing. For example, this latest comedy by Jim Carrey would have been great if it was released in 1990. But coming out in 2008, after other Carrey films such as The Mask, Me Myself and Irene, and Bruce Almighty, this movie actually seems like a rehash of Carrey's previous films. In The Mask, Carrey plays a meek bank employee who after encountering a mask, becomes an alpha male that takes everything he wants. In Me, Myself and … more
I was pretty much over Jim Carrey's crazy over the top funny movies but I liked the idea behind a man that decides to say YES to everything and had to check it out. It was surprisingly good yet not really annoying like I thought it could be. It also didn't hurt that Zooey Deschanel was in it, she can really do no wrong in my mind (well besides The Happening er) and also Rhys Darby from Flight of the Concords! And this is going to sound weird and probably make no sense, but … more
Jim Carrey's latest film has some good moments. Carrey gets to squish his face into well-known rubbery poses. The storyline is cute. Hints of Liar, Liar are present but it's different enough to be clever and fresh on its own merit. I have really appreciated most of Carrey's movies, both the serious like The Truman Show and more slapstick like Fun with Dick and Jane, and think he's a good actor. Zooey Deschanel is sarcastically charming as usual. I'm drawn to dry humor and … more
Jim Carrey does wonders with a slight premise that finds his reserved, emotionally-distant character, Carl Allen, a banker who routinely turns down loan applications, accepting a challenge to open up to life by saying "yes" to everything. A man who constantly disappoints friends by weasling out of opportunities for bonding and happiness, Carl radically changes into a creature of complete spontaneity. By never saying no anymore, he gets into situations with unpredictable outcomes, such as driving a homeless stranger to a scary-looking park at night. But for the most part, whatever Carl says yes to becomes a road to worthwhile experiences, even receiving a promotion at work for approving hundreds of micro-loans against all policy. Zooey Deschanel, who often plays appealing kooks, is very good as Carl's girlfriend, a free spirit who takes to his positivity about everything--for awhile, anyway. Director Peyton Reed (Down with Love) makes the most out of the gimmicky comedy, as does Carrey, who does wonders with scenes that are often left open-ended just to see what the brilliant comic will do with them. -- Tom Keogh