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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/07/2009 Run time: 104 minutes Rating: Pg13
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
- Jim Carey's Proper Return To Form
I had a chance to see an advance screening of Yes Man last night and I have to say it's one of his best comedies since Me, Myself & Irene. I've always been a fan of Jim Carey, whether he's doing juvenile comedy like Ace Venture or adult orientated drama like the highly underrated Man On The Moon; & Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Making his first live action film since Fun With Dick & Jane, Carey once again shows his talent as a comic. Early trailers have the film coming off as a Liar Liar rehash, but looking deeper the film is more about than belly laughs and one-liners. It's refreshing to see Carey bring freshness to a role he could easily play in his sleep; one particular scene with Scotch tape had the preview audience in tears. Zooey Deshuncaal more than makes up for the debacle that was The Happening and displays the same likeable charm she displayed in Elf, and hopefully she continues to play romantic leads in the future. All in all this is a fine film and if you're looking for a break from the profanity filed gross out comedies of recent memory, then say yes to Yes Man....more info
- Not Carrey's best, just feels tired from the get go
Jim Carrey hasn't hit comedy pay dirt since Bruce Almighty (and even that's being generous). Looking back, his best roles of the last decade have been dramatic as opposed to the funny-man persona that made him famous all those years ago. While doesn't remedy Carrey's comedic drought, it at least gives us brief flashes to remind us why we used to like laughing with him so much. The reason his latest foray doesn't laugh us into hysterics is that it feels contrived. Yes Man reminded me of Liar Liar in its simplicity of plot that spirals out of control into hilarity. Being compared to Liar Liar should be considered an honor; though at the same time, the comparison doesn't do much to help sell Yes Man.
Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) will probably seem familiar to everyone - we all have a Carl in our lives. He's the guy who sequesters himself off on weekends opting for the comfort of a movie on the couch instead of a night out with friends. Hell, Carl might remind you of yourself on the harder nights. What Yes Man requires for the scenario to work, is that Carl has no other pattern. Carl has firmly adopted the `no' mantra that has essentially cut him off from any and all social connections as his friend Peter (Bradley Cooper) lays out all too obviously in the opening 10 minutes. To further drive home the point that Carl knows `no' better than any other man alive, he has the job of ultimate decline: loan manager.
To save him from his plight of negativity, Nick (John Michael Higgins) turns on Carl to a `Yes' seminar led by spooky Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp). This whole set up for the comedy that follows reeks of familiarity. But why? Remember Shallow Hal? Suddenly Jack Black sees people's true selves after an elevator run-in with a self-help guru. For Yes Man, Jim Carrey's trend of unending yay-saying begins after an enthusiastic Terrence yells at him. I know Yes Man has a book as its source material, but the fact remains that Yes Man and Shallow Hal suffer from disturbingly similar set ups.
The immediate theme of Yes Man would seem to be nothing more than "open up yourself to the possibility of yes". While the movie is slinging that theme around both Cooper and the audience alike just shake their heads at the forced naivete of Carl. Even a child learns the value of saying no - and yet, for the sake of a flimsy comedic premise - Carl's character just throws all common sense to the wind. The results are sometimes comedic but the basic issues and problems of Yes Man ground the movie with no chance to soar.
Jim Carrey's comedy was best when it was so far over the top that the audience had little question that the man was insane. The Ace Ventura series, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Liar Liar, Me, Myself & Irene and Man on the Moon all let Carrey run free with his insanity. These were Carrey's funniest moments and yet he's seemed to have forgotten the elements of these earlier triumphs that made his performances so memorable. Yes Man gives him a few moments to shine but mostly he just falls flat.
Zooey Deschanel gives Yes Man its heart. As Allison the rocking, scooter-riding, photographing jogger, Zooey delivers the laughs not from antics but from wide-eyed absorption of Carl's activity and exuberance. Zooey is perfect here.
Rhys Darby steals the comedic show as the nervous and squirrely Norman. Desperate for the male camaraderie that Carl shuns in favor of solitude, Norman is that guy from work we all know. That may be Yes Man's true success, it aptly succeeds in creating screen incarnations of people we recognize all too well.
Blu-ray Extra Features:
Well, let's hear it for the beauty of the trend that is the Blu-ray and digital copy combo. Along with that increasingly common occurrence, Yes Man features an official Gag Reel as well as a secondary one in the form of "Downtime on the set of Yes Man with Jim Carrey". While not an outtake reel like the previous two, "Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man" is him psyching himself out and being generally enthusiastic about all of the physical stunts involved in Yes Man (full body rollerblading, bungee jumping and making scared faces at a raging dog).
Some of the funniest extras are those with Muchausen by Proxy, the band starring Zooey Deschanel and ridiculously funny lyrics. The extras give us not only a "Behind the Music"-style documentary but 5 music videos of the band as well.
I mentioned earlier that Yes Man sought validation by being spurned from a best-selling book - and yes, there's an extra feature that capitalized on that fact. "On Set with Danny Wallace" is almost too cheerful. The man, who actually adopted the "say yes to everything" credo, talks about the movie.
The last extra-feature I'll mention also happens to be the funniest: "Party Central with Norman Stokes". I already said Rhys Darby's character was my favorite, so it should come as no surprise that an extra featuring him would delight me above all others. Darby plays uncertain popularity so well.
The entire package of Yes Man suffers from a concept that feels tired coupled with a message that makes the audience want to scream at the idiocy of the main character. The idea of moderation is eschewed in favor of comedy and because of that, the whole thing feels like everybody is trying too hard. While it was fun to watch people take advantage of Carl's Yes Man persona; there is a point where never refusing actually tips the scales against the film.
Yes Man is available on DVD, Blu-ray, as an On Demand feature on Warner Cable or as a Digital Download....more info
- PRETTY BAD
Well, I have to say that as a Jim Carrey fan I was disappointed. This is a weak script. Very weak. There must be a real lack of quality scripts in Hollywood if A-list celebs like Carrey are doing junk like this. There are maybe 5 good laughs in the whole movie. Even Carrey's physical comedy can't save this movie. As I say, the bottom line to me is it's just not funny....more info
- Jim Carreys' best...
this movie was great,i thought it would be another movie starring jim carrey with 'over the top ' laughs and dry humour,but it was the best he has made yet. really good acting and a great story line...( boy gets girl,boy loses girl,boy gets girl back )i loved it....more info
- Parents of children under 16: beware
This movie is typical Jim Carrey nonsense. Call me a prude but I don't think it's necessary to include oral sex in a PG-13 movie. I watched this movie with my 13-yr-old and 16-yr-old and was totally embarrassed during the scene with Carl's neighbor, Tilly. My son fast forwarded it to the next scene.
Some parents may not care. Some may not have the time to check. But I think it's totally unnecessary to include that kind of sexual practice in a PG-13 movie. Either it shouldn't be allowed or a new rating should be developed. There are hundreds of impressionable middle school students who watch these kinds of movies and think it's ok to behave in that way. Seeing it on the big screen just promotes it.
What happened to good clean romantic comedys?...more info
- Welcome back Carrey to comedy, or frown at the predictability? I'm ambivalent
Carl Allen (Carrey), a divorced, borderline reclusive couch potato says, "No" to everything. His negativity naturally steered him towards the divorce, his general malaise, and his work as a loan manager. When his friend Nick (John Michael Higgins) convinces him to attend a cult-like `Yes' seminar from Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp), his life soon changes.
Following the yes-mantra in every way, Carl soon meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel), who allows spontaneity and bizarre creativity to rule her life. She is think outside the box personified, and, more importantly, different than the pre-vow Carl in every way. Together they attack life and cross off a checklist that looks stolen from an insane person's bucket list. Along the way, Carl predictably learns that in order to truly enjoy life, and another person, one must be open to new experiences and take life as it comes. This is right up my philosophical alley, challenging oneself, breaking through barriers, and being able to look back in your later years with admiration. The result is silly, typical Jim Carrey, with just enough laughs to make it enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the name of the alternative band led by Allison: Munchausen by Proxy. That's hilarious. However, there are two major problems with this movie.
First, and not as significant, the cross-generational implied sex scene between Carl and his geriatric neighbor is enough to make a billygoat puke. It's unnecessarily gross, and I've been less appalled by the Saw series. Secondly, however, is the na?ve nature with which Carl embraces the "say yes to everything"-culture. After giving a bum a ride and allowing him to run down his cell battery, Carl drops the guy off in a dark, remote park and gives him a wad of cash. Murders start out this way. Imagine if he had said yes to other situations that could have been presented:
-Seriously, do you want to go in that meth house?
-Don't worry about protection; let's go au natural. OK?
-Can I tell you what it is after you eat it?
-I know that hitchhiker has a bloody shirt and an ear-necklace, but I feel good about him because his sign says he's a vet. Want to pick him up?
There's promise to the premise, but just like everything in life, there are shades of gray.
Overall, Carrey is pretty funny, especially during the Nebraska football scene, but I feel like the co-stars stole the show. Zooey Deschanel is cute, and off-beat enough to make the character believable. Other than Maggie Gyllenhall, I can't think of another actress who could have believably pulled it off. Stamp is convincing as the self-help guru Bundley - his brood is like a snake-swinging church. Higgins is hilarious as a cross between an insane man and a liberated free-thinker. The true scene-stealer, however, is Rhys Darby as Norman; his costume parties (Harry Potter and 300) are hilarious, and his awkward Britishness (?) fits perfectly into the niche necessary for plot development.
Even though my single word feeling about this movie is, "Meh," I happily say "Yes" and recommend it if for no other reason than to see Jim Carrey return to his comedic roots abandoned after Me, Myself, and Irene. ...more info
- Hilarious but not over the top!
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 it was kind of like Slumdog Millionaire in the sense that everything was connected and I liked that. In this case it was a funny thing but it still worked really well.
I also thinks the concept of saying YES to everything can give us something to think about. I'm sure a lot of us, me especially included could take more chances, be more open minded, and say YES more often!
Overall a hilarious but not over the top movie with a interesting concept!...more info
- Time for new Scriptwriters in Hollywood
Basically, Yes Man is a rip-off of Liar,Liar, so I won't bother you with the transparent attempt to recycle the script using a different situation. Not only that, but unlike Liar, liar, the script itself was terrible. There was nothing Carey could have done to salvage such bad material other than write it himself. Why he accepted the project at all is beyond me. It was embarrassing, really, and I love Carey's work...which is why it got the two stars....more info
- When Jim Carrey does comedy, people laugh. I know I did.
Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is an exaggerated version of anyone who has difficulty committing to things (or people). The events in his life have caused him to shy away from any engagement, regardless of how innocent; something needs to change. Coincidentally Carl runs into an old friend who says that becoming a "Yes Man" has changed his life. A Yes Man, from the seminar Carl attends, is someone who takes a vow not to turn down any new opportunities, effectively saying "yes" to everything. Carl commits to changing his life; he takes the Yes Man vow and attacks life with new vigor.
I can understand that an actor wants to grow and continually take on new challenges, but Jim Carrey is so incredibly talented as a comedic leading man. Some people consider his more serious roles as worthwhile endeavors, but I disagree. The only move away from comedy that I have forgiven Mr. Carrey is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I will go so far as to say that it is one of my favorite movies. Jim Carrey brings a funny movie to life. Yes Man is a blend of the funny and dramatic movies that Carrey has done. The movie is full of laughs, but it has a stomachable, if not endearing message. He does add a few of his (over-the-top) ad-lib moments, but you wouldn't watch Good Times and not expect Jimmie Walker to say "Dy-no-mite!" either.
Zooey Deschanel was perfect as the movie's leading lady. She provided the perfect amount of eccentricity to play Yin to Carl Allen's pre-vow Yang. She is cute and I am glad they didn't cast someone more socially-deemed "beautiful" to play this part, because it would not have been believable. She is great.
Rhys Darby was a great choice for Norman, Carl's boss. He was great in the part and the two costume parties he throws might have been the two main highlights of the movie for me. We'll see if this movie can give him a more mainstream American following than his work on Flight of the Conchords. He is very entertaining.
I took Yes Man in as a matinee with the family. Granted, it is a family that currently has no little children, but it was a great family movie. There were a lot of laughs and a tender moment or two for the romantics amongst us (but be wary of some offensive language). This is not an award-winning film, but I enjoyed it a good deal. ...more info
- Groundhog Jim
This movie is very similar in spirit to Liar Liar. I am glad to see Carrey doing zany comedy again, though this one is also a nice little wacky love story as well. Jim plays a divorced, lonely, kind of miserable man just getting by in life. His life is changed however when he goes to a seminar and he believes he has to say "Yes" to everything in order to find happiness. This is a fun movie and I will probably end up buying it....more info
- No Way Man!!!
This is a really mediocre film. I didn't think the trailer was very funny and the movie is even worse. If you want a Jim Carrey laugh fest then go rent his old stuff: Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb & Dumber, Liar Liar, Me Myself and Irene. All of those films have laugh out loud moments.
This is just awful. Walking out I asked my family "Can you remember anything funny in the movie we just saw?" We were all at a loss to think of anything beyond a slight chuckle (compare that to something like "Borat" where I nearly choked to death laughing, with tears streaming down my face).
At multiple points today in the theatre I thought "I'll walk out if anyone else with me mentions the idea". If you watch it on cable some day, I'm sure during the commercial breaks you'll forget what movie you're watching. It's that bad. No one in it and none of the characters are memorable in any way, shape or form. Carrey's 2 friends have no purpose, and Carrey's boss as a nice guy makes no sense at all. Then you've got Carrey, nice guy, playing off another nice guy...it's just pointless! Why not make his boss some ruthless a-hole? Then we'd at least have some conflict in this boring, boring film.
The love story is by the numbers and it's really a lot worse than the sub-par films Adam Sandler has been putting out lately. I would say "Click", for example, was much better than this...and I would only say Click is passable entertainment.
But this just plain sucks.
You've been warned!...more info
- enjoyable if generic Carrey comedy
Essentially a cock-eyed variation on "Liar Liar," "Yes Man" presents Jim Carrey as a bank loan officer who spends most of his off-duty hours actively avoiding social engagements with his friends and co-workers. A "lonely guy" by choice, Carl undergoes a life-altering experience when he attends a self-help seminar dedicated to the proposition that one can get a whole lot more out of life by saying "yes" when opportunity comes a-knockin' than by saying "no." Soon, Carl is agreeing to virtually every offer that comes his way, often to surprising and hilarious results.
As a generally generic Carrey vehicle, "Yes Man" doesn't provide much in the way of a thespian stretch for the actor, who could toss one of these roles off in his sleep if he wanted to. On the positive side, the movie feels less contrived than some of his previous efforts, thanks to the fact that it doesn't rely on some cheap gimmick like a magic spell or a knock on the head to get the plot rolling. The decision to become compulsively agreeable remains an act of volition on the part of the character, thus making the tale more relatable and grounded in the long run. Nobody is better than Carrey when it comes to over-the-top mugging and he is frequently in prime form here. Moreover, there are quite a few genuine belly laughs that are alone worth the price of admission (with a randy encounter between Carl and his aged landlady achieving the movie's high point of hilarity).
On the downside, "Yes Man" does have a whiff of d¨¦j¨¤ vu about it that it is never entirely able to shake. Moreover, there is a certain threadbare quality that is almost inevitable when a movie's premise is built, as this one is, on the repetition of a single note. And there are some definite dull patches when the comic ideas seem to be withering on the vine. The compensation, beyond Carrey of course, comes in the form of two noteworthy supporting players: the likable Bradley Cooper as Carl's best buddy, and the winsome and charming Zooey Deschanel as the slightly offbeat motorcycle-riding band singer Carl meets and falls in love with during the course of the story....more info
- If someone asks you to see this film, just say YES
Carl's (Jim Carrey) got a problem. He's ignoring phone calls from his friends, staying home every night watching rented movies. He's in a rut at his job with the Brea Bank and going to get passed over for yet another promotion. Truth is, he's depressed after his divorce from Stephanie (Molly Sims) and it's just not getting better.
Then he runs into a friend whose life has totally turned around. He attends a YES seminar by charismatic Terence Bundley (Terence Stamp). Participants are taught to say YES to life and all its experiences.
This changes Carl's life. He's approving loans, learning Korean, taking up the guitar, learning to fly a plane. Oh and yes, he meets Alison (Zooey Deschanel) who's with a techno band and an early morning jogging photographer's group.
But, there is a limit to being a yes man and Carl's got to learn it....
If you enjoy comedy with a life lesson, go see this film. The audience was laughing. I left there with sides aching and a smile on my face.
Rebecca Kyle, December 2008...more info
- Invite Yourself to Yes and RSVP...Yes
Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is a lonely guy. Carl is a loan officer who is real low on life and down in the dumps because of a break up. One day Carl heeds the advice of an old friend and goes to a self-help seminar. The motto "Yes is the new no!" If the movie's title is any indicator, you know what happens for the rest of the film. He says yes to anything and everything, even an extremely generous granny.
Not very often a comedy comes out with a message worth listening to. "Yes Man" provides just that and exposes the audience to the powers of positive thinking. The movie itself is a montage of Carl saying yes to everything; Carl says yes to learning to speak Korean, Carl says yes to costume party invites from his boss, Carl says yes to flying lessons, and yes to a bar fight, which was one of the funniest scenes of Carl's acceptance journey. Eventually, Carl's yes-ery leads to a new love interest named Allison (Zooey Deschanel) and a promotion at work. And despite all the positive outcomes, Carl learns that saying yes doesn't always necessarily take you in the right direction.
"Yes Man" is a lot of fun to watch. Carrey is on top of his game and is still as funny as always. To answer any questions: Yes the movie is funny. Yes it's worth going to see. And yes you'll enjoy it.
- No Man
I love Jim Carrey - he's a rare talent - up there with Robin Williams in terms of wit, intelligence and acting capability - but that doesn't save "Yes Man" from being an awful film.
It must have seemed like a good idea as a screenplay at the time - he has to say 'yes' to everything - which will of course lead to all manner of hilarity. But mostly the jokes and sketches are wooden and fall flat on silence time after time after time. There's also a rather stupid and crude pun throughout about a certain regional accent. At times it seems like Hollywood just doesn't know what funny is anymore, except to be gross-out or crass or take the piss out of easy targets. My wife and daughter sat watching this with me - and asked several times how this dog got made - that's how bad it is...
The Blu Ray print is superb, but after a while that doesn't matter as you wished you'd hired something else.
Buy "The Truman Show" or "Eternal Sunshine..." or "Lemony Snickett" - Carey has done so much better than this.
One to avoid I'm afraid...
- Should You See This Movie? Yes!
Jim Carrey has had his good and bad moments; this is one of his good ones. In "Yes Man," Carrey's trademark rubber-faced goofiness matures into humor that is still a bit zany, but in a more developed way than some of his previous comic performances.
Carrey plays Carl Allen, a divorced couch potato who prefers to mope around his apartment rather than go out and enjoy life. All this changes when an old friend drags him to a meeting hosted by motivational speaker Terrence Bundley, where Carl makes a fateful pledge to say "yes" to everything. That's right: EVERYTHING. Wacky adventures and awkward moments ensue, turning Carl's life upside down and leading him into a romance with a spontaneous, free-spirited indie musician named Allison.
This isn't a movie with a great deal of substance or intricate plot twists. Carl finds himself in one crazy situation after another, only discovering toward the end that his pledge has a downside greater than having to respond to an ad for a Persian mail order bride or spend a steamy morning with an elderly neighbor. As pure silly entertainment, "Yes Man" succeeds, with numerous laugh-at-loud moments and a lot of good chuckles in between. ...more info
- Very Plausable . . . Very Laughable . . .
I just saw the DVD of this movie last night, and I've been a BIG Jim Carrey fan since his first movie:Ace Ventura.
I really enjoyed this movie and found a lot of what was going on to be very plausable. Now I've read a lot of reveiws about the sexual content and after watching it (which I found to be very funny) I found that they left most of it to the viewers imagination.
The launguage wasn't overdone, but it did fit into the certain dialogue, and the over all film was fairly well done.
Now I was reading one reviewers comments that said that the film was predictable. I'll agree with you on that point, but just seeing the outcome is often quite worth the wait.
I laughed right through the entire movie!...more info
- Jim Carrey gets you through the door but Zooey Deschanel makes the movie!
So you've read the other reviews - know about the plot - yes? No pun intended! To give you my take - I felt this movie was brilliant and totally unexpected - no overacting on Jim Carrey's part - no crazy antics (well other than the Ducati scene!) - just a good hearted movie with great music. Zooey Deschanel - how can you not fall in love with this girl? Get the soundtrack with her singing - Yes Man - the title track to the movie - very cool. Zooey is going to be a major Hollywood star and what's cool about that is she is so grounded - can't wait to see her next film!...more info
Surprisingly, a very good movie. Easy to relate to the character of Jim Carey, not wanting to do things, and then suddenly, finding himself saying yes to everything. That made this movie very funny! Turns out saying yes was the best thing he was doing. Great movie. ...more info
- Totally Worthless
This movie is totally stupid and not funny at all. I remember seeing Liar!Liar! at the theatre and the whole place was laughing throughout. Luckily I was smart enough to wait for this one to come out on DVD, but still I had high hopes because most of Carrey'movies are pretty hilarious and the previews looked pretty funny. WRONG! This movie stinks I couldn't watch after about half-way through. The gags aren't funny, the plot is typical and the characters are not likeable. Particularly, I thought his boss character was really stupid and unfunny. I liken this movie to 40 Year-Old Virgin which I also thought was terrible and I turned off half-way through, not funny. I am truly shocked there are people who actually gave this good reviews (though it is clear many think as I do - don't even waste your time on this movie). ...more info
- Yes Man DvD review
The dvd came in good condition and sufficient shipping time. I am satisfied with my purchase and encourage any prospective buyers to shop with video_hut....more info
- Yes? No? Maybe So
Is it really healthy to say yes to everything? That seems to be the point "Yes Man" is trying to make. It tells the story of Carl Allen (Jim Carrey), a closed-off banker from Los Angeles who's challenged to accept whatever opportunities come his way, no matter what. The idea of expanding your horizons is a good one, although when you find yourself saying yes to things like Internet ads for penis enlargements or Persian mail-order brides, chances are you're taking the challenge a little too seriously. It's not about saying yes to everything--it's about saying yes when you know it feels right. What I find amazing is that this movie is based on a biography by British writer and humorist Danny Wallace, who spent six months accepting every offer in an attempt to make his life more interesting. Did he realize what kind of movie the Americans wanted to make? I guess it doesn't matter, not when you've practiced saying yes to everything.
Is this to say that Jim Carrey should have said no to "Yes Man"? Let me answer that with a resounding maybe. It's by no means a great film, but it's not a terrible film, either; it's an occasionally amusing comedy that gives Carrey license to indulge in the goofy mannerisms he's become so famous for. In the course of the story, he gets drunk out of his mind, engages in a barroom brawl, and drinks enough Red Bull to keep him wired for an entire night. He even wraps tape around his head, distorting his face grotesquely. While not very inspired, you do have to admire an actor that can bring so much youthful energy into a role. I admire him, at least.
The plot: The always negative, recently divorced Carl runs into Nick (John Michael Higgins), an old friend who claims that a self-help guru inspired him to live his life to the fullest. He takes Carl to a Yes seminar hosted by the guru, named Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp). Once the seminar begins, Bundley pressures Carl into accepting the Just Say Yes challenge. Now things start to get interesting. First, he gives a homeless man a lift, and when he asks for all of Carl's money, Carl willingly hands it over. Later on, he finally visits his elderly neighbor, Tillie (Fionnula Flanagan), who can do some pretty wild things with her mouth once she removes her dentures. He takes guitar lessons. He learns to speak Korean. At work, Carl begins accepting every loan request. He also says yes to his boss, Norman (Rhys Darby), who really seems to like themed costume parties.
One of the more pleasant outcomes of this new life philosophy is Allison (Zooey Deschanel), who Carl met at a gas station. Allison dabbles in a number of things. She paints. She rides a scooter. She does charity work. She's part of an unknown rock group called Munchausen By Proxy (some may call them edgy, but the reality is that they're untalented). She heads a small group that somehow combines a love of photography with a love of jogging; every morning at 6:00, she and her group run around Griffith Park with cameras in their hands. I know, it doesn't make much sense, but she seems to be getting something out of it. She's also falling in love with Carl. What she doesn't yet realize is the reason why he's saying yes to everything.
The only person who has any grasp of the situation is Carl's newly engaged best friend, Peter (Bradley Cooper). While he never appreciated Carl's refusal to do anything social, he doesn't agree with the yes-only philosophy he's now living by. He makes his point twice, first by announcing in a bar that Carl would be picking up the tab, second by asking him to plan his fianc¨¦e's wedding shower. It isn't long before other friends start taking advantage of Carl; at that point, he finally begins to realize how blindly he's been going about this whole yes thing. It comes to a head on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, when he's arrested on suspicion of being a terrorist.
So again, I ask: Is this something Jim Carrey should have said no to? I admit, the concept is kind of funny, and there were a few select moments that made me chuckle. But I never got as far as laughing out loud, probably because the film is geared more towards a younger, more easily amused crowd. The one I was with certainly had a ball, especially later in the film, when Carl ended up on a motorcycle dressed in nothing but a hospital gown. The bike's powerful torque was apparently not as funny as the revealing nature of the gown. And after reaching his destination, making tire marks on the pavement, and walking slow motion out of the smoke, the audience actually applauded. Yes, there's nothing more exciting than a scantily clad comedian walking away from a motorcycle.
Did Danny Wallace do any of this? How should I know? I haven't read his book. But given his stature as an author, do you think he could see "Yes Man" and think it's funny? I once again find myself turning to maybe as an answer. Incidentally, that word plays a very important role near the end of the film, which is very fitting in my opinion; it tells me that even the filmmakers were unsure about what they were dealing with. Let me put it this way: If you consistently get your money's worth out of Jim Carrey comedies, then chances are you'll have fun watching this movie. If not, then it's entirely your call. The ads say that yes is the new no, but I think that might be pushing it....more info
- Good one but can be watched only once....
Yes man - It's Jim movie. Jim (Carl) is well known for humor. Fun filled one.
Carl (banker) doesn't have much interest in life after he got broke up with his wife. He tries to avoid his friends; in the work he rejects all the loan applications. One day he met his old friend near his bank and he will inform Carl about the YES program that changed his life. Carl friend talks about throwing the stone in the glass wall to Carl. He says YES and broke the glass wall with the stone. As usual Carl didn't show any interest on the YES program but latter he decided to attend the seminar. Carl met his old friend in the seminar hall; people in the seminar hall and instructor will change him to say "YES" for all.
A poor man out side the seminar hall asks ride till park. He says YES and gave him a ride.
Poor guy asks Carl mobile to make call. He says YES and gave him mobile and he asks money; he gave all the money that he had. After he dropped the poor man in the park his car ran out fuel and stops. He takes the can with him and starts running towards Gas station to fill the fuel in the can. In the Gas station he gets a ride from a girl to park to refill the fuel. She is looks so pretty and naughty.
Carl says YES to all, learns Korean language, learns to drive flight, learns to play guitar, approves all loan and says YES to all activates arranged by his higher official in the office. Carl higher official got impressed with his approach. Mean time; he met that girl again. At one stage they fell in love. Carl was questioned by the security personals for suspicious activities. Carl friend (lawyer) explains that he did every thing because of the YES program and saves him from them. Carl girl friend becomes upset that he said YES for all because of the YES program only.
At the end Carl clears up the misunderstanding and they join together....more info