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 she didn't disappoint in Yes Man.
But one thing bugged me to the point that I'm not going to watch it again, nor am I giving it a glowing recommendation. Same old, same old, rude sexual jokes and comments pepper the first half hour or so including an embarrassing [...] comment and a few references to genitals. A scene involving an elderly woman offering to pay for a neighborly gesture with sexual favors, and the follow-up scene with Carl (Carrey) on the bed and the dentures getting dropped into a glass of water. Then she targets another young man. All of these scenes and comments don't add to the plot line or humor. Oh, maybe an embarrassed titter, but really, the humor is junior high at best and it gets old.
We don't see the hero and heroine in bed. Carl turns away an opportunity with another woman. So I was left wondering about the whole point of Carl and his neighbor's little encounter.
I really wanted to respect Carl and his friends and root for him as he began to grow and change, but the distraction of the adolescent sexual humor really detracted from a story that could have been really good.
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
Say Yes to the philosophy of "Yes Man" – to welcomingly embrace new opportunities - but No to its contrived film execution. Based in concept on the spirited autobiography by Danny Wallace, the film recounts a guy's decision to get off the coach, stop ignoring his friends and live a more open life by saying "yes" to everything. However the film changes most of Danny's anecdotes in favor of ridiculous scenarios and over-the-top characters. Jim Carrey stars as bored, uninvolved financial … more
I have heard a lot of people say that Jim Carrey just isn't that funny any more, and up until I saw Yes Man, I would have agreed with them, but Carrey goes back in time to some of his funnier moments to bring out his best in this movie. I mean there were just some scenes in the film were we were just hysterically laughing. Let's face it, there are some really funny things in the world that you would have to say yes to if you were in his position which is what makes Yes Man so funny. A … more
While the 2008 flick Yes Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Dechanel certainly isn't Oscar nom-worthy, it's a fun way to pass a couple of hours. Yes, it's your run-of-the-mill Jim Carrey comedy with goofy faces and wacky humor but the story line is as solid as a romantic comedy can get. There are many funny parts but more of a haha than a ROFL. It's exactly what you think it is but it isn't terrible. If you got spare time I'd give it a look but wait until it's on cable if you can. … more
If you can only see one version of "Liar, Liar" this year make sure its "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey. Carrey plays Carl, a man who is isolated from life and his friends. The reason for this is because he spends all his time saying ‘no' to everything. Then a friend from his past brings him to a "Yes!" motivational seminar where the Yes Guru (Terrence Stamp) makes it so that Carl can only say yes to everything. This is a terribly dangerous thing to do, and one that could easily be taken advantage … 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
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 good: Zoey Deschanel's body of work is beginning to look like fun. A band-aid in Almost Famous, always quirky. She performs … 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