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Yes Man (Single-Disc Edition) (2009)

A comedy movie directed by Peyton Reed

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Just Say No...I Mean, YES!

  • Apr 13, 2009
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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 of (as one of his friends do). But forget the moral complications of such a gift, Carl has nothing to really worry about as his life gets instantly better the more he says yes. As a result he starts saying yes to everything. He says yes to going to a Harry Potter costume party. He says yes to playing guitar. He says yes to learning to speak Korean.

In case you haven't been paying attention the running joke is that he says yes to everything. Yes, yes, yes. Problem is after the third or forth time he say yes the only thing I found the film to be was dull, dull, dull. To understand why the film is so dull is not to understand that not only is the film exactly the same thing as "Liar, Liar," but it doesn't even understand what made that movie so funny. In that movie Carrey played a man who had to tell the truth even when he didn't want to. In this movie he says yes without much thought or care. A gimmick without tension is neither funny nor interesting. I must also point out that the supporting cast isn't much better, consisting of boring cliches and stock characters that would feel just at home in any other big budget film that was too afraid to take any risks.

The most disturbing characters comes in the form of love interest Allison, played by Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel is a likable enough actress, but she's about twenty years junior to Carrey. The two look mismatched for each other for most of the film. A friendship I understand but not a relationship. I'm also not sure what Carrey see's in her, as I don't think there's anything fascinating about being a photographer who takes pictures while driving a monocycle. None of this really matters though because the script is devoid of any believability or originality. This is simply Jim Carrey running to a mainstream comedy after one of his serious experiments failed at the box office (in this case it was the critically panned "Number 28"). So chances are if you want to see Jim Carrey doing his zany schlock and don't care too much about the story then this movie is for you, and nothing I write will matter one bit. Everyone else though is encouraged to wait for his upcoming film "I Love you Philip Morris."


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review by . May 17, 2009
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 …
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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 …
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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
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Director: Peyton Reed
Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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