74. Yes Man (2008)

Ye… No…

Directed by: Peyton Reed
Written by: Nicholas Stoller,Jarrad Paul
Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper

Yes, a Harry Potter remake featuring Carey, Deschanel and Darby would have been better

The problem with saying ‘yes’ to everything is that you’ll inevitably regret some of the things you agree to do. I mean, most people seem to be able to cope with weighing the odds before they give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to proposals, dares and opportunities that might come their way. But apparently, that isn’t really possible for Carl (Carey).

Carl has been saying NO to everything in his life. When his friends try to get him out of the house, or people ask him for small favours, Carl has found it easier to say ‘no’ and as a result finds himself unhappily slumped on the couch or standing in the line of video store while his life passes him by. But when Carl attends a seminar that cult-ishly compels him to start saying ‘yes’ to absolutely everything that comes to him, good things start happening in weird twists of fate. Of course, as things start to get overwhelming, and ‘yes’ doesn’t always end up in happy results, Carl has to figure out what he really wants in life as his past catches up to him while his new love interest, Allison (Deschanel) steadily catches up to the truth.

Based on Danny Wallace’s book of the same title, Yes Man has a pretty upbeat message about living your life to the full. But for a comedy that could have been a lot more unpredictable, interesting and even thought-provoking, Yes Man is a no. The humour of Yes Man often falls into cheap and forced jokes that take advantage of mail order brides and Jim Carey’s physical comedy (which has been exhausted to date). While Rhys Darby offers a few laughs as Carl’s needy boss, it compensates too little for what the film offers as a whole.

Since the movie propels the idea that you have to say ‘yes’ to what your heart desires, and that you can ultimately make smart decisions without having to accept everything that comes your way, I’m going to say ‘yes, this movie could have been a lot better’ and ‘no, I won’t watch it again.’


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