Yes Man

Yes Man

(2009)

Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen in a comedy about a man who takes it upon himself to say yes to everything he is asked for an entire year (seems eerily reminiscent of Liar, Liar when Carrey couldn't tell a lie). The underrated Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous) stars as the love interest, and Flight of the Conchords' awesome Rhys Darby plays Carrey's boss. It is adapted from Danny Wallace's 2005 book, an autobiographical account of his own attempt to answer in the affirmative for six months of his life.

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Yes Man is about leaving one’s comfort zone, trying new experiences and enjoying the untapped possibilities of life. It’s puzzling, then, that the movie doesn’t practice what it preaches. How frustrating that it remains content to follow such a conventional route.... More

That’s not to say the supporting cast isn’t excellent. New Zealander Rhys Darby (Murray from Flight of the Conchords) plays a typical nerdy boss character (the type you could imagine Rick Moranis playing in the ’80s), but gives it a unique spin with his relaxed delivery and gift for improvisation. Hollywood indie chick Zooey Deschanel is equally endearing as Allison, the sort of free-spirited music-and-photography girl you wish was in movies more.

But without these two scene-stealing actors, the movie sags. Even Jim Carrey is in poor form. His endless facial mugging and physical slapstick seems lazy and obvious. The climactic event, intended to raise the stakes, is ludicrous and, for that, disappointing. It’s as if the scriptwriters (of which there were three) couldn’t really be f***ed working out how to end the premise, said ‘this will probably do’, and hoped that nobody would really care.

Well I did care. Darby and Deschanel deserve praise, but they’re stuck in a so-so film. I hope they get offered better projects in the future.Hide


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Rhys Darby and Jim Carry both Play Extremely funny roles in this movie,By far the fuuniest Comedy of the year.


it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool


I walked in, with nothing but the recommendation from a friend to convince me to watch it. Sitting down with my M&M's, I prepared for a laugh-a-palooza. I was dissapointed at first, but it certainly does grow on you. The first part of it is really just building up characters, and not much funny, but towards the end when everything starts coming together, it really did have me laughing away. Give it time, and you'll reap the benifits =) But honestly - if you're looking for a serious film, try a... More different movie. This one is strictly for people who just want a good time.Hide


yes man is one of the most funnist movies eva nd had me cryin with laughter


The Press Reviews

46% of critics recommend.
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  • Jim Carrey works the premise for all it's worth, but it doesn't allow him to bust loose and fly. Full Review

  • It's charming enough with some nice comedy touches, but the initially intriguing premise is soon railroaded out of sight by its desire to conform to a tried-and-tested cinematic formula. Full Review

  • Carrey's most satisfying live-action effort since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Full Review

  • Yes Man rarely rises to genuine hilarity. It takes no risks, finds no inspiration and settles, like its hero, into a dull, noncommittal middle ground. Should you see this movie? Maybe. Whatever. I don't care. Full Review

  • If you're thinking "yuck," you're right. I added the extra star for Zooey Deschanel, who is so delicious as his honey that you want not to say no to Yes Man. Full Review

  • The comedy, to the extent there is any, consists mainly of Carrey's verbal asides and strained reactions to people. The script gives him very little to work with. Full Review

  • It exists as a hollow, plastic, and utterly disposable example of Hollywood doing what Hollywood does best: putting bums on seats, making money, and calculating the possibilities of a sequel. Full Review

  • Genial but slim, picture is certainly a light-hearted alternative to weighty year-end awards bait, but the conceit isn't realized fully enough. Full Review