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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